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Wyandotte Imposes Waste Container Requirements

With the exception of toters leased from the city, containers must be 32 gallons or less and have a water tight, fly-proof and odor-proof cover.

Plastic bags will no longer be accepted beginning Feb. 1 unless placed inside a garbage container. 

With the exception of toters leased from the city, trash cans must be 32 gallons or less and have a water tight, fly-proof and odor-proof cover, the city said.   

Ninety-six gallon trash toters are available for rent from the city. Contrary to popular belief, Wyandotte does not require residents to rent containers through the city.  

Kelly Roberts, city development coordinator, said any type of durable metal or hard plastic can with a lid under 32 gallons can be used for trash.

“It’s really just a provision to protect Waste Management workers,” Roberts said. “We don’t want the workers to physically strain or injury themselves trying to manually lift trash cans that are too heavy.”

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

Waste Management trucks can mechanically lift toters, Roberts said.

But the recent mandate isn't limited to a labor issue. City Administrator Todd Drysdale said it’s also a problem of rodent control.

“Some people just use bags and the problem with that is if you have rodents in your area they can get into the trash cans,” Drysdale said.

“This is a good way to ensure that we provide the best solid waste services we can.”

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

Information about the ordinance, trash collection and toter rentals may be found by clicking here.  

sheila January 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM
In what part of Wyandotte is there such a RAT problem? Not in mine,that I know of.
Joyce Richey January 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM
The only thing I see in my neighborhood are Opposums, rabbits and squirrels - no rats or mice that I know of and haven't heard anyone I know complaining about them. Opposums are in my yard nearly every night and they have never bothered with my trash can.
mark s January 13, 2014 at 12:12 AM
Great idea...my lazy neighbors just throw their bags out there...while I'm catching rats hand over fist in my yard from crawling under my privacy fence...
Joyce Richey January 13, 2014 at 12:49 AM
Mark, so sorry to hear you are experiencing rat problems. I only get Opposums so I guess I'll have to check on the internet and see if Opposums eat mice or rats - if so, maybe I won't care so much when my motion sensor goes off.
Mary Simmons January 27, 2014 at 08:23 AM
@ Sheila, when they were doing the Fort street reconstruction, there was a ton of "mice" that fled to Wyandotte and Southgate homes. I had to go through the underside of my house and make sure there were no entry points into my home. We had caught two mice before then. As far as "RATS", I believe it is more the possums and birds that are tearing at the garbage bags that are left on the ground at night.

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