GM has heard word that several weeks ago a DPW inspector was going through Georgetown and giving fines to residents for violating trash disposal rules. Specifically, in at least one instance the inspector gave a $75.00 ticket to a resident of Volta Place for placing trash on the sidewalk in a plastic bag, as opposed to in a plastic container like the one above. (Apparently, the inspector was also seen cutting into the trash and looking at the mail to determine the house to which the trash could be attributed, a perhaps necessary but kind of creepy means of identifying the violator).
Many Georgetown residents have an issue with using the plastic containers. Namely, if you don’t have a walkway from the front of your house to back, you either have to come all the way around the alleyway or, if you don’t have an alleyway at all, you have to roll the trash through your house. And that’s assuming you have a rolling container, which some don’t (if you don’t have them, call 311 and request them). For most this is just a hassle, but for others such as the elderly, this is a more serious challenge.
But GM hears that DPW is not being particularly sympathetic to these complaints, even from elderly residents. So if you want to avoid a $75 fine, make sure to use your container, even if you have to ask a neighbor for some help.
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