Quick Reminder About Personal Trash Pick Up This Week


From DC GOV:

– Trash pick up is sliding by a day, a day later than the regular schedule, this week because of the holiday;
– Residents are asked to place trash in front ideally in black, or dark plastic bags;
– Recycling will not be picked up until next week.

Trash Collections: Trash will not be collected Presidents Day, Monday, February 15. Collections in once-a-week collection neighborhoods will “slide” to the next day. For example, Monday trash collections will be made Tuesday, Tuesday collections will be made Wednesday, and so on. In neighborhoods with twice-weekly trash collections, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday. The alleys remain impassable because about three feet of snow fell between Friday, February 5, and Wednesday, February 10, so DPW asks residents to put their trash in dark plastic bags and place them at the curb no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the day(s) of collection. Bleach may be added to the bags to repel rodents.

Recycling Collections: Recycling collections will be suspended this week and residents are asked to hold onto their recyclables until the following week.

Bulk Collections: Bulk collections scheduled for Tuesday, February 16, through Friday, February 19, will be rescheduled. DPW bulk collection drivers continue on snow duty.

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  • Anyone know what narrow one way streets are supposed to do with garbage? The sidewalk areas are piled high with snow, even if a truck could manage making it down the street. Should I just put the bags at the end of the street? Thanks!

  • In front.
    Does that mean if you usually have alley pick up it will in front instead?
    What about the parked cars and the high snow?
    I wish I could believe it.

  • Put the bags in front. They will come and get them off the drifts. I watched this work like clockwork this morning, (although, we don’t normally have alley pick up here)on both streets that make up the corner that I live on.

    • I’d have more confidence in DPW’s commitment to picking up the trash bags if they hadn’t EXPLICITLY said that people should bring the bags back in by 8 pm on the day of collection.

      Sounds like they’re just going to “try” to pick up the bags, and if they miss some, oh well, not our problem.

      • I agree entirely ExPat, they can’t seem to be bothered to pick up bags of trash when things are clear, I’m not sure why I should rebag all my trash in dark bags for DPW to ignore and have to bring it all back into the house.

  • One end of my alley is barricaded with snow because of some extremely short-sighted shoveling by my neighbors… Since these 6 foot mounds of snow/ice won’t melt until late March, they will probably continue to overflow their trash cans with trash. Once the rats find their way in, they will eat and procreate… leading to massive infestation. I can’t wait.

  • I’m really excited to wait another week for them to pick up the “gosh-darned” recycling. They haven’t collected my recycling in four weeks. I barely produce any garbage, but produce a lot of recycling. Generally overfill the blue container every week. Now, there’s more than a month worth of recycling just chilling out in my apartment. It’s getting a little ridiculous.

    (captcha: parasite air)

    • ah

      Same here. One tip if you have the room–extra recycling carts are free (unlike Supercans). This may not be the week for quick service, but I’ve added two to my stable and both times DPW brought one within about 10 days (well, once I think my neighbor nabbed it before I got it, so I had to order another).

    • Might be time to consider AA.

  • Anyone getting USPS mail? Roads are clear but where’s the mail?

  • I got an email late thursday night giving these instructions for our usual friday morning pickup. As instructed, we put the trash out front, on top of the snow where it’s easy to see and get to, in dark colored bags, and it’s still sitting there. Grrr…..

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