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Oscar the Grouch isn’t the only one who loves trash

by Eric Nuzum May 25, 2011 at 9:26 am 13 Comments

Rainbow Trash Can

When this first came into my mailbox, I was like, “really, an online chat about trash?” But then I started to think about all the stuff I’m constantly looking up about how, when, and where to disposes of all my Lord of Petworth refuse and unwantedness, and realized this could really be helpful.

So here is the 411 on how to talk trash:

Do you know which items are to be collected with your regular trash schedule and for which you need to schedule a bulk appointment?

Are you new to the city and still not sure of your collection date?

Do people dump or place trash illegally in the alleys near your home?

Are your neighbors setting out their trash correctly?

Do you know what to do if your trash or recycling can needs to be replaced?

Are there alternatives to purchasing a DC government can?

Get answers to these questions and more by tuning into the Department of Public Works (DPW) Solid Waste Management Administration’s live, online chat Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at noon. Residents can join or follow the discussion at dpw.dc.gov/livechat once the chat session begins. To submit questions in advance, send an email to [email protected]

WHAT: Live, One-Hour Chat to discuss Trash Collection in the District

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 12:00-1:00 pm

WHERE: dpw.dc.gov/livechat

This will be the 13th in a series of monthly online chats with DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr., and other DPW officials. Next month’s online chat will discuss DPW’s rules and procedures for citizens’ hauling items to the Ft. Totten Transfer Station.

  • Sherlock Homes

    I just found out that my recycling container was being used illegally by neighbors who took it while the house was being de-trashed. Luckily a solid neighbor named Chuck took it back so I don’t have to break my beer bottles up and throw them in the storm drain anymore.

    • anon

      I hope you’re joking about throwing the beer bottles in the storm drain.

      • Sherlock Homes

        Sorry Anon, but I chose to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Beer bottles in non-broken up form float and are an eyesore in our fair Anacostia River.

  • anon

    But why were you throwing them in the storm drain in the first place? Why pollute the river with glass, broken up or otherwise?

    Why not bring them to your office or something, and recycle them there? Or throw them in the trash (less than ideal, but you didn’t have a recycling bin)?

  • Sherlock Homes

    Ok, I think there seems to be some confusion. When I moved in there was no recycling bin at my house. I learned from a neighbor that the apartments near my house had confiscated while the house was unoccupied. So in the few months without a recycling bin I had to make do.

    Again, you understand that I would never throw WHOLE glass bottles down a drain. I’m talking about shards.

    Why a storm drain? That is an easy question. Its a dark place far from my sight that so far has been very accommodating. Broken glass, six pack rings tied to other six pack rings, oil, bacon grease, car batteries, those new light blubs, and one hair spray can have all at one time been my problem and then BOOM not my problem because of my awesome storm drain.

    • Anonymous


  • Anon

    I used to just dump all of my trash in my basement, but then I got moved out. I wonder if my house was ever sold…

  • LisaT

    Funny stuff.

    They delivered our supercan a couple weeks ago and I was RIDICULOUSLY excited. Even sent them a thank you email. After months of piling bags up in the alley, that supercan was the best thing to happen in a while.

    I’m going to be on the chat today to beg for a recycle can. But since I’ve learned I can just dump the recycling in the storm drain, I’m in less of a hurry for that one. You learn so much here!

  • textdoc

    Seems like most of the questions posed in the e-mail about the trash chat (“Are you new to the city and still not sure of your collection date? Do people dump or place trash illegally in the alleys near your home?”, etc.) could be answered by looking at the DPW website, on pages like http://dpw.dc.gov/DC/DPW/Services+on+Your+Block/All+Services/Residential+Trash+Collection.

    But I guess more outreach/information is always a good thing.

  • Geezer

    Saw someone delicately scraping a plate full of pasta and meatballs into the curb at Upshur and 7th this morning. I circled back (was driving) to give verbal redress to this person but the litterer was gone.

  • LisaT

    I’ve seen this question come up several times before here. Thought DPW’s response from the chat might be of interest to some.

    Comment From Emil
    If we plan to be out of town and there is regularly schedule street sweeping, what can we do if we leave our car on the street? Can we get a temporary pass?

    Hi Emil, if you leave your car on the street during street sweeping hours, you will likely receive a ticket and your vehicle may possibly get towed. While a temporary pass would address your parking needs, your street would not be able to receive proper cleaning. Please make arrangements to have your car moved.

  • and also

    I will put my dog poop in you new can. Sorry, felt like bringing the debate (in a joking way) from Rant/Rave to this post :)

    • LisaT

      Instigator! :p


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