Thursday, April 16, 2009
Can Do Attitude Still Absent
Last week the Common Council voted to approve new sanitation regulations regarding garbage pick-up and recycling. The new regulations are available from the Public Works Department. They state that cans must be removed from curbside within 24 hours of pick-up. Unfortunately the regulations don't say how far the cans should be moved from the curb. Other communities insist that cans be removed from the front of houses, and be out of sight from the street.
Several tenants and landlords simply move the cans directly across the sidewalk and store them in front of the house. Some have created "garbage can blinds" with fencing or hedges in their front yards.
Still others, like these Wesleyan-owned residences have not removed the cans, despite complaints, from the curbs for two semesters.
Which proves that words on paper don't solve the problem. There has to be a will in the Public Works department to solve the problem. Public works director William Russo vowed at that council meeting to make the curbside cans go away, but it hasn't happened yet.