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    Cyburbian mallen's avatar
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    Emptying dumpsters at night

    Does any community prohibit dumpsters from being emptied at night? We have a group of citizens that want this.

    I can understand the benefits, but there are certainly drawbacks. Has anyone done this or at least investigated it? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally posted by mallen
    Does any community prohibit dumpsters from being emptied at night? We have a group of citizens that want this.

    I can understand the benefits, but there are certainly drawbacks. Has anyone done this or at least investigated it? Thanks.
    Pros - Eliminate noise of dumpsters being emptied at night
    Cons - Dumpster trucks on your streets during the day backing into and pulling out of alleys/driveways then stopping in the road right in front of you to back into another, all on your way to work of course.
    How about just driving behind a smelly dumpster-truck on a hot summer day?
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    Quote Originally posted by mallen
    Does any community prohibit dumpsters from being emptied at night? We have a group of citizens that want this.

    You should tell them that they shouldnt be sleeping in the dumpster anyway.


    Actually, I think they should not be emptied at night. That is a noise disturbance. Maybe evening is best, like 8 or 9:00 pm.
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    I would go for that kind of ordinace.
    They could do it between 5 and 10pm or even between 6-8am.

    We have a huge dumpster right behind our house and they come at 4am to dump it. Sounds like a gun shot going off in the middle of the night.
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    Quote Originally posted by Queen B
    Sounds like a gun shot going off in the middle of the night.
    Don't forget the beeping you hear when they're going in reverse and their infamous braking with the subsequent "hisssssssss."
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    We had many citizen complaints about the noise generated by garbage collection, both residential and commercial during the early morning hours. Typically between 2:00 - 5:00 AM Our community does not collect refuse nor do we contract with a private company. Each resident and business is on their own to contract with a private refuse collector. In our area there are only two to choose from.

    As a "home rule" commuity in Ohio we have the authority to pass a Resolution restricting the collection hours of refuse companies. In 2001 we did pass a Resolution restricting the collection hours from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. The refuse companies complained at first, but finally came around. We are a larger community, about 40,000, and the companies couldn't afford to just pull out and not provide service.

    The penalty is a $500 fine for the first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense. Over the past four years I think we issued four citations.

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    Quote Originally posted by transformer
    Each resident and business is on their own to contract with a private refuse collector. In our area there are only two to choose from.
    If that were the case in other communities who didn't have only two waste haulers to choose from, that could mean so many different collectors coming at many different hours of the night just within one residential neighborhood. Not to mention the wear and tear on the alleys (and streets) with multiple waste haulers who may only be making one or two stops in that alley.

    Quote Originally posted by transformer
    As a "home rule" commuity in Ohio we have the authority to pass a Resolution restricting the collection hours of refuse companies. In 2001 we did pass a Resolution restricting the collection hours from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. The refuse companies complained at first, but finally came around. We are a larger community, about 40,000, and the companies couldn't afford to just pull out and not provide service.

    The penalty is a $500 fine for the first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense. Over the past four years I think we issued four citations.
    Was this only a resolution, or was it finally passed in ordinance form? Good to hear there was a heeded response from the waste haulers. What was considered an "offense"? Was it a one-time offense with hauler being caught just that day or are there multiple offenses if reported from different neighborhoods the same day?
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    We actually tried to contract with one waste hauler for our Township, but the residents were adamently against the idea. They wanted the ability to chose their own waste hauler, even if it meant they had to pay higher rates. Wear and tear on our roads was the primary reason we wanted to contract. The outcry was so great we have totally given up on the idea of contracting.

    To answer you question, Townships in Ohio do not have the authority to adopt Ordinances. However, a Resolution passed by a "home rule" Township carries the same weight as an Ordinance. In Ohio, a Township can adopt "home rule" status if it has a population over 15,000 people. Home rule status places an unicorporated township almost on par with a municipality.

    The fine is a one time offense for a hauler caught on a given day.

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