DPW Employee: Space Your Trash Cans Properly

Placing your trash and recycling bins too close together, makes it difficult for the DPW employees to operate, a Department of Public Works employee told TLS.

The employee says the trash bins should be spaced a minimum of 3 feet from each other, so the bin-lifter truck can properly maneuver itself without damaging the bins by knocking them over.

Also, says the employee, bins should be kept as far away as possible from parked vehicles to avoid any damage to the vehicle.

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  1. that is practically impossible. Take any development. most townhouses have 3 garbage cans and 1 recycling (2 garbage upstairs 1 downstairs and 1 recycling to share).
    the cans are about 3 feet each, thus that would take up 36 feet. each townhouse is only about 20 feet, including a driveway…

  2. To Gs,
    I’m not quite sure how you got to your deduction of 36 feet for 4 garbage cans. If you say each garbage can is 3 feet wide that would be 12 feet for the garbage cans and 9 feet of spacing between them 21 feet, not 36 feet

  3. Each can is actually 26″ wide, so four cans total 104″ and three 36″ spaces add up to 108″. Total space required is 212″ (or 17′ 6.6″).
    #1 and #2, do not look for work requiring math skills.

  4. The driver that does our neighborhood says that two feet between cans is totaly fine. Its when a can is placed next to a parked car is when he really has an issue.

  5. in westgate on garbage day between the cars and cans there is no room to even park. i don’t know how they would be able to space cans in developements like these.

  6. the planning board that approves all the developments that are packed so tight so the developers can make more $$$, they are the ones that really care about you.

  7. All those that can’t follow the requested guidelines should bring their garbage cans to tent city for pick up. township rules do not have to be followed there but in the rest of town there will be fines begining from $500 for not following ordinance 3463.90 🙂

  8. In Raintree our garbage collector sometimes picks up our two green cans at the same time! I always thought he must be having fun when he pulls off that trick. My kids always cheer when he does it. So, do we space them or keep them near-touching? Obviously, we’re talking if they are the same color.

  9. hey jill maybe you should go out one day and see what these guys go through every day ! And for #18 if everyone would follow the simple request about seperating the cans and putting the proper item in each can there wouldnt be any fines given but if people continue to not follow the rules guess what….. you get what you pay for !!!!! and they will blame it on their kids or their non english speaking house worker !!!!

  10. I lIve in westgate and the garbage people roll each can separately and manually attach the cans 2 the Flipper-over bracket so in essence the above is not applicable to westgate – hence the westgaters comment above

  11. What a great town we live in!! – even a simple (or not so simple as the posts suggest) request can spur such debate on everything from the size of the garbage cans to the happenings in Raintree and tent city. What a crowd!!

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