Monday, February 10, 2014

Cincinnati's New Trash Pickup Policies are an "Epic Fail" for Neighborhoods

 A dump truck load of debris deposited on a city right of way
will cost taxpayers to clean up.
The new Cincinnati Trash Pickup policy has been an "epic fail" based on the rise in illegal dumping occurring in communities that were supposed to benefit by a more uniform trash pickup policy. The policy which severely limited pickup and eliminated pickup on many multi-family dwellings  has had one effect. A dramatic rise in illegal dumping and a major headache for neighborhoods.
Mass tire dumping blocking one street
Another escalation of a long term problem has worsened as well. Illegal tire dumping has dramatically increased as well and no longer just a tire here and there. Over 20 tires were dumped in this location . The most likely culprit a tire repair shop or service station that dumped rather than legally dispose of tires.
This has also increased work for community leaders, some neighborhoods have taken to patrolling the neighborhood to prevent illegal dumping. Every time dumping occurs; city hall has to be notified and sometimes police and fire if the illegal dumping is blocking a road. In the event of an emergency, precious minutes are lost that could make a difference.
Whose paying for this? Well you are. The city must send out a crew and a truck to pick it up. This adds to workload of city employees and the budget.
Solutions are out there but would require the council to rethink the current law and come up with solutions that are workable. Some council people appear open to rethinking this policy.
Some ideas might be to do what other cities do and create permit system to license haulers and people with apartment clearing services. These Permit fees would help offset costs of cleanups. Trucks would have to post a city permit on their truck and police would be able to stop trucks without them. Those caught illegally dumping could lose their permit and face a hefty fine plus clean up costs. In cities that license haulers there is far less illegal dumping.
Another solution would be for Cincinnati to partner with a private company recycler to recycle tires into rubberized mulch which could be used for community playgrounds or landscaping. In cities that have recyclers that pay for tires there is virtually no illegal dumping.
Its clear our present 'solution' is bad for our community and has made the problem worse than it was before.

1 comment:

josh said...

I have to disagree with you here Paul. Sure the system isn't perfect but it was really bad before when you could set out 5000 lbs of garbage on your normal trash day and the city would pick it up. The previous policy was ridiculously liberal - I know as I took full advantage of it many times. My previous house had a ton of rubbish left behind by a previous owner and the city took almost all of it. I do agree that the new system needs improved and anything that can be done to thwart illegal dumping should be explored.