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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.  

Cathy Wilson January 09, 2014 at 06:25 PM
I have lived in Wyandotte most of my 65 years and have never seen a rat. Are there some areas worse than others?
dennis January 09, 2014 at 07:23 PM
I had purchased a 96 gal trash can identical to the city containers only it was fiberglass reinforced plastic. The city said they could not be responsible for the container, whats the difference the thash collectors eithe smashe dthe 32 gal containers or broke the wheels off of them. That is when I switched to using bags.
Mark Bottenhorn January 09, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Cathy set some traps and put some D-Con out and do an experiement to see if the D-Con disappears and the traps go off. You may be quite surprised. There are plenty of rats around unless you live in a bubble.
Pete January 09, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Ok, I'll take the bait, what EXACTLY do you expect the city to do to eradicate rats? Where EXACTLY does the city distribute poison? Where EXACTLY does the city set traps and who EXACTLY will be responsible for baiting, checking, cleaning, and re-setting the traps? And finally, where does the money come from?
Mark Bottenhorn January 09, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Pete if you had any guts you wouldn't need the city to do it for you. I meant what if any info would the city give and what are they doing. Not for them to distribute it to it's citizens. Go to ACO or Jerry's and buy some like the rest of us. It would be too big for the city to handle wouldn't it? Pete what are your ideas to correct the problem,trash cans with lids. lol
Pete January 09, 2014 at 10:46 PM
Mark, you were the one who asked "what is the city doing to help with pest control?" You also suggested rat traps and poison. Forgive me if I misunderstood.
Mark Bottenhorn January 09, 2014 at 11:23 PM
The only way to get rid of them is to kill them. That is the most responsible thing to do. Sitting there waiting for your neighbor to kill them is not going to get the job done. Aggressive trapping and poisoning is the only way to get rid of them. Cans and lids while it may help a little will do nothing compared to trapping and killing them. Put some plastic gloves on and use the bait in a very safe place where other animals are not going to get at it or call an exterminator if you can't handle a little blood and guts. Sitting there being passive only compounds the problem. Is there anyone here who hasn't seen a rat downriver? You need to kill 2 rats for every one that is born then you make a dent in the population. Not sure who thought of the can and lid theory but that has to be used with other ways to be effective. Put trash in air tight cans and kill all the mice and rats you can kill that would make a difference. Each method helps the other one out. Rats have a homebase and travel to find their food then head back to their home so just because you put lids on your trash cans rats will still find food. Dumpsters are not air tight are they? Rats will find food and will multiply while you are picking up your lids and trash cans but they won't multiply if they are getting snapped in traps or eating D-Con. Wake up people!
Pete January 09, 2014 at 11:43 PM
Aw heck, I figured I would check with the folks in NYC. They've dealt with a rat or two over the years... http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/pest/rodent_control.pdf
Christine Orman January 09, 2014 at 11:59 PM
Like Cathy, I've lived in Wyandotte for only 43 yrs, I've never seen a rat, mouse or even cock roach. Up until recently I've only seen birds, rabbits and squirrels. I've live most of those years near Jefferson school. Then in the past 10yrs or so I seen deer by the river, a possum cross Biddle and a coyote on Fort St near the Fun House. Oh, and though I only saw the pics, my mom lives in the same area I do, she had raccoons , a momma and her babies, living in the upper storage area of her garage.
William Riley January 10, 2014 at 04:17 AM
I am not happy with this latest idea from our city officials. Both my Wife and I are walking handicapped, and we are not looking forward to a second trip to the curb to retrieve a container, especially in bad weather. I suspect that the main reason the city doesn't hire a pest control company to help with rodent control is at this time, no one with the city has any friends or relatives in the business. By the way, I have had animals get into my trash bags, though rarely. They turned out to be stray cats and dogs, not rats.
Jacob Pustulka January 10, 2014 at 06:56 AM
Just say screw it and give everyone a garbage and recycling toter and tab that on the taxes ( like you do every thing else related to city issues on your home ) that way it's requirements are met, and the heavy ass can and lid won't blow away and you can get the recycling program a lot of us want. I LOVE THIS CITY ( partial sarcasm )
John_T January 10, 2014 at 07:05 AM
This is why I love Wyandotte. We live in a community where we are low crime, have decent schools, and for the most part, our city finances are sound and the only thing controversial we have to discuss is.... the best way to put out our trash.
Pete January 10, 2014 at 08:26 AM
I may not have said it clear enough earlier but I am shocked that this is a controversial idea. All the city is trying to do is secure and remove the trash in an efficient manner. If you want a toter, buy or rent one. Don't like the idea of paying the city to rent a toter? Don't do it. If you want to use a trash can , go ahead. I personally have not experienced this rat invasion that others are speaking of but I believe them if they say they have rats. I have been told that they came out of the sewers when the Fort St construction displaced them. I DO have a neighbor who puts out his trash in bags which are pulled apart on trash day by birds. I often wonder why he can't just put his trash in cans like everyone else. Maybe he is destitute. Maybe he is broke because he spends so much on food that he throws away for the birds to pick through. Maybe he wanted to secure his trash but he could not afford a can after spending his last cent on that new car in his driveway. Maybe it is just a pain for him to go out there to retrieve his can after the trash has been collected. I guess we will never know, but is it really that crazy to ask that he secure his trash in a manner that allows for efficient removal with the equipment/personnel that we have? I don't think so.
Joann Alexanders January 10, 2014 at 11:29 AM
I like the idea of the trash can..but I can't understand why we have to rent them..why not the option to purchase if you want. I see how the trash collectors treat trash cans that aren't rented from them...they throw them and the lids down all over the place, probably making sure they won't last long. However their containers are handled with more care!
Eydie Montana January 10, 2014 at 04:04 PM
I am absolutely OK with using trash cans, no problem. It does seem strange to me that I can't purchase my own name brand Toter from Home Depot and use it. If I choose not to rent I have to use a 32 gallon can, again no problem but they specifically say with a no fly lid. I've gone to 3 Home Depots with no success. They have the regular snap on but seep rated from can lid. I find cans just above 32 gallons, 45 and 64 with no fly lids but not for 32 gallons. I feel like it's a well planned ruse LOL. Where did you buy your 32 gallon no fly lid can from? Please share.
Eydie Montana January 10, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Thanks Pattie Christie for supplying the answer on where to purchase 32 gals with attached lids...Hoods.
Patti Christie January 10, 2014 at 04:24 PM
You are very welcome. I was just getting ready to re-post the info. No-fly refers to no-fly as in insect. 32 gallon garbage cans with detached lids can be used, however if the lid gets destroyed or disappears the garbage can becomes unusable. Therefore, it is smarter in my opinion to purchase a Toter can (32 gallon) with an attached lid.
Mark Bottenhorn January 10, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Just read an article I found in the News Herald about Lincoln Park getting the 96 gallon cans. FREE and the second can is only $75. Here is the article. Maybe the City of Wyandotte should have worked out a deal with their hauler or replace their hauler like LP did to Rizzo which is better anyway. Here is the article. http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2013/08/14/news/doc520a4fabca578928623954.txt?viewmode=2
Mark Bottenhorn January 10, 2014 at 04:58 PM
I can't believe the City Of Lincoln Park has outdone Wyandotte at anything but I guess they have with the free 96 gallon cans to all houses. Sounds like the city dropped the ball in Wyandotte. Too bad!
Brian Melvin January 10, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Hahaha remember when they did the whole pay for your garbage by making you buy those tags from local stores? That worked good haha. Here's an idea, force recycling! By forcing people to recycle not only is it good for the environment but it also creates more room for the garbage in cans. As for the rats I say we round them all up and sell them to McDonalds so they can keep pumping out those Happy Meals!
Eydie Montana January 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM
Pattie...LOL. Really? I thought they were confronting the problem of lids flying around after pickup as they often are...gees. So a regular 32 gallon with a lid is what they want...lol. I wasted so much time looking for that stupid can...;).
Mark Bottenhorn January 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM
I have seen where people connect a rope to the lid and can so they stay together. Be ingenuitive
Joyce Richey January 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM
I found my mandatory new garbage can at Hoods. They told me that buggy cords or ropes will not be accepted so if the lid blows off, you just have to buy a new can. Hoods has 4 or 5 models to choose from.
sheila January 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM
Will the trash collectors put the lids back on our containers, or just throw them back onto our lawns & hope thew don't blow out into the street. Spring will be a blast. Traffic dodging trash cans, like they do now,Plus the the light weight lids blowing around.
Joyce Richey January 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM
That is why I bought one with the lid that is attached, just hope it doesn't get blown away or stolen like my last one did. At least we get to test our driving skills weaving around trash cans and now lids.
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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