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Announcements October 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Bogus ticket from DPW

I just got a ticket from DPW for putting out my trash bins on the wrong day.

The trash bins go in the alley, so they’re not in anyone’s way, and for as long as I can remember everyone in the alley has had bins out seven days a week. The DPW photo of my bins even shows the alley full of other bins. So I would contend that if I got a ticket they should have ticketed everyone, and further, if they wanted to start enforcing this rule after so many years of nonenforcement they should have sent out notices.

I think I have a strong case for desuetude (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desuetude — laws made unenforceable due to a long habit of nonenforcement). Does anyone have any experiences fighting tickets like these?

General Discussion December 15, 2015 at 10:52 am

DC Trash and Recycling Cans

I bought a house in DC about a month ago and other than the hassle of moving, so far, so good. However, the house did not have trash or recycling cans when we moved in. I tried for a week to call DPW and no one ever answered the phone and the voicemail box was full. I gave up with that approach and just paid $110 for new trash cans online. I received an automated receipt confirming my payment and saying I’d receive cans in 5-7 days. It’s now been two weeks since that payment and I still have no trash or recycling cans.

Can anyone make any suggestions for how to actually get trash/recycling cans in DC? I’ve e-mailed my ANC rep with no response. I’ve emailed my council-member’s constituent services person with no response. I’ve called 311 and was transferred to “solid waste” who took my information and said they’d call me back. Of course they didn’t.

At this point I’m getting quite tired of piling up trash outside (which obviously attracts vermin) and am in disbelief it’s this hard to get a trash can and a bit terrified about ever needing anything else if obtaining a trash can is this difficult.

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