Topic Tag: Trash
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.
Happy New Year, everyone! I wanted to start New Year’s day fresh and good spirits when I woke up on Thursday morning, but I quickly soured when I saw all the garbage and litter floating around U st. (I have a short temper…working on it in the new year).
I realize the benefits of living on U come with some of the burdens of trash, but sometimes the trash lingers for days on the street, becoming an unattractive mix of food wrappers, pizza boxes and leaves. When the wind kicks up, even trash that’s been responsibly thrown away gets blown out since the bins are almost always filled to capacity.
So rather than simply complain, can we come up with a solution, and can we come up with any strategies to implement the solution? A few quick thoughts:
– Could we solicit U st. business & condos to start a business improvement district (much like Golden Triangle or Downtown BID) so there’d be funds for more frequent clean-up efforts? How could we go about getting that started?
– Could we start our own clean-up group? Maybe volunteers meet up every Saturday and Sunday morning to clean up the streets between 14th and 9th streets? (the simplest solution, but perhaps the most difficult to implement). I would provide the coffee!
– Could we ask the city to install garbage bins that have a lid on them, or install the solar powered trash compacter so that at least the garbage thrown away doesn’t pop back out when the wind kicks up?
Any other ideas? Or please chime in if you’re willing to be a clean-up volunteer – that could be the easiest and quickest solution.
I just called 311 to request a new trash container (ours was stolen recently), and the operator told me that the city will begin delivering a round of new containers – both trash and recycling – for free to all residents starting next month. She alleged that they’ll begin in Wards 8 and 7 and move on from there.
Has anyone else heard this? I feel like it’s too good to be true, but I swear that’s exactly what she told me.
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