Recently we have heard complaints of some residents who are leaving their trash cans blocking the sidewalk instead of returning them to their own property after trash collection day. Some of the most common offenders are multi-family properties where management has not made appropriate arrangements for cans to be set out and put away on a regular basis. Though not regularly enforced, property owners can be fined for these violations, so we are posting a reminder of the ordinance covering this issue in an effort to avoid citations.
Section 130-37 subsection 6
Collection containers provided to residences as provided in subsection (b)(1) of this section shall be placed in the area between the sidewalk and curb or in an accessible place approved by the commissioner, which shall be no more than ten feet from the curb. Containers not located within this area will be considered as "not set out" and the city will not be required to collect.
a. No person shall place any garbage or recyclable materials container in any place or in any manner such that the container impedes normal vehicular traffic, public transportation, or pedestrian or wheelchair access to public rights-of-way.
b. Containers shall not be placed at the curbside before 7:00 p.m. on the day preceding the collection day and shall be removed from the curbside before 9:00 a.m. the day following the collection day.
c. Exceptions to this subsection may be granted by the commissioner or authorized designee for persons with physical limitations that prevent placement of the collection containers at the curb, provided these persons submit a written request for the collection.
d. The department of public works will collect bagged extra garbage placed outside of the enclosed, city-provided container. Any bagged, extra garbage must be placed within a 32-gallon or smaller plastic bags. If bags are set out more than four times within a 12-month period, resident will be provided with an additional bin at no charge but will be subject to an additional annual service fee established under section 130-84, Rates and charges.
While we understand that a few residents have steep yards, no driveway or other limitations that do not make it practical to comply with these rules, we ask that everyone make a best effort to ensure sidewalks remain passable and that our neighborhood is attractive. If necessary please apply for an exception or back yard pick-up. The City of Atlanta website has more information, including the new rules for bulk pickup.