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Wyandotte Adopts New Waste Container Requirements

Containers that do not meet the new standards will not be collected.

Toters for trash collection are available for lease on a two year basis at $48.
Toters for trash collection are available for lease on a two year basis at $48.

Updated 12/2/13 3:58 pm ET --  adds comment.

Wyandotte has adopted a new ordinance that requires residents to use city-approved toters or trash containers that are 32 gallons or less. 

The order, which takes effect Feb. 1 2014, will no longer permit the use of plastic bags as containers for trash. The 32-gallon receptacle must have a water tight, fly-proof and odor-proof cover. There is a maximum weight limit of 60 pounds of waste per container.

Trash cans that do not meet these requirements will not be collected, the city said.

Mark Kowalewski, Wyandotte city engineer, said the move is not an attempt at making all residents purchase the large trash toters that the city sells.

“We’ve had problems with rat control, like other cities, and we’re trying to do everything we can so that we don’t continue to have that…problem,” Kowalewski said. Plastic bags may be placed inside your container.  

However, residents interested in using trash cans that exceed 32 gallons must purchase a 96-gallon city-approved toter, which can hold up to 250 pounds.

The use of large, bulky receptacles over 32-gallons in size for solid waste can cause serious injuries to sanitation workers including wrist sprains and back injuries, the city said. 

Collection workers lift between 800 and 1,000 containers per day.

“It’s a convenience thing. You can put as much as you want into the 96 gallon can…because they are mechanically lifted into the truck,” Kowalewski said.

Cans can be placed out after 6 p.m. the day before scheduled collection, and no later than 5 a.m. on collection day. All empty containers must be removed by 8 p.m. on the day following collection.

Large, bulky items can still be placed next to the receptacle.

"A television, chair or couch for instance can be placed next to the container. But, if you have anything like a refrigerator or a freezer you have to buy a special refuge sticker from the city," Kelly Roberts, office supervisor, engineering department, said. 

Waste Management currently provides trash pickup for Wyandotte. 

Earl of Sandwich December 02, 2013 at 01:18 PM
This should have been an ordinance a long time ago.
Bridgette December 02, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Can we still place out trash that won't fit in cans? For example, large boxes or household items? Or does everything have to go in can? Is it just the food trash that has to be in can?
SPENCER A GILDEN December 03, 2013 at 09:04 AM
I'm o.k. with the need for covered containers and the size requirement but the weight limit seems to open a can of worms. Are we supposed to weigh our garbage now? What if the garbage collector arbitrarily deems a container to exceed 60#'s and refuses to empty it? This seems to be a subjective excuse for allowing trash containers to be left at the curb on trash day for the homeowner to dispose of.
clz56 December 03, 2013 at 10:22 AM
I have notice a trend over the last few years that my neighbors put plastic bags out instead of using a trash can. Birds and cats break them open. I support the ordinance. I hope that the trash collectors don't ignore the ordinance and still pick up their trash.
Rebecca P December 03, 2013 at 12:11 PM
So where is the information about purchasing a 96 gallon toter? Where can one be acquired? How much do they cost?
April Smith Ciolek December 03, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Go to City Hall, municipal services. Cost throughout the city is $48 for a 2 year rental, or you can buy a smaller version at ACO. The city totes are great. And the weight isn't an issue. They have wheels and the collectors wheel it onto some sort of apparatus on the truck. Great investment.
Larry Carpenter December 03, 2013 at 01:39 PM
The receptical should be issued to each and every address in the city,we are already paying for our trash pickup. What are we paying our taxes for, if the cost is so minimal for the citizens then its just as minimal for the city thru the tax revenue they collect.
April Smith Ciolek December 03, 2013 at 02:14 PM
The rule is 32 gallon or LESS. A single person, or senior citizen doesn't need a receptacle anywhere near the city rental size. No point in issuing it to every citizen. I have one, it's great.
Cynthia Loucks December 04, 2013 at 09:36 AM
I agree with Larry Carpenter!! If cost is minimal and we already pay for trash pick up let the city issue containers to all households.
Circa 1977 December 04, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Im perfectly ok with putting the lid for my trash can on the can at the curb. I keep all trash in a covered can until pick up night, then put it at the curb without the lid. However when the men do the pick up and throw the lid off to the side, as they do the can, and it blows away, who is responsible then? The city should just assign the large can to all citizens like many other cities do.
Pete December 04, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Are you all suggesting that the city issue cans and then tack the added cost of city issued trash toters to the tax bill? Don't forget people, the city's money is the taxpayers money. It does not just magically appear in the city's checkbook. If you want the city to issue trash cans for everyone, they will have to charge everyone. Think it through, I know you'll catch on eventually.
clz56 December 04, 2013 at 12:44 PM
I agree, Pete.
dvedro December 04, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Ordered mine totally agree with the rat problems we've had.

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