Do Your Part to Help Garbage Haulers: Bring Collection Containers Curbside and Tie Trash Bags

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the City Council adopted a temporary ordinance change that removes the curbside collection restriction during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will allow local garbage and recycling collection companies to request that customers place garbage, recycling, and yard waste containers curbside on the designated pick-up day and customers return them to an inconspicuous place between pick-up days.

This change is being implemented to help the garbage haulers maintain services with a reduced workforce as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prompt removal of garbage and recycling is an essential service for the community. The industry estimates a 40 percent reduction of time at each pick-up location by switching to curbside collection.

People are encouraged to help garbage and recycling haulers by placing containers curbside and removing them from the sidewalk between pick-up days. Watch for communications from your local hauler to see if they’re participating in curbside collection.

“This is a great way that the City has partnered with the local Solid Waste and Recycling Industry to help them continue to provide these critical services for our community,” said Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works.

Another important opportunity to help haulers stay safe and keep the community healthy is by carefully bagging and tying all waste and keeping recycling and garbage containers clean. The National Waste & Recycling Association recommends wiping down bins, especially the handles and lids, before placing them outside for collection.

FAQs

Q: What is the timeline for this temporary curbside collection?
A:
The proposed changes would take effect as soon as practical and end when the Mayor declares an end to the emergency, unless the City Council would extend the changes.

Q: How do I know if my hauler is participating in curbside collection?
A: Watch for information from your recycling and garbage hauler.

Q: Am I required to participate?
A:
You are encouraged by the City of Sioux Falls to participate in curbside collection. This temporary ordinance change removes any code enforcement violations individuals would receive due to the change.

Q: I’m concerned about littering because of this change.
A:
The Solid Waste Ordinance prohibits litter and blocking sidewalks; individuals will continue to be responsible for keeping sidewalks clear from litter. 

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