Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Garbage

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to
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Ty very much for this forum and your constant interest in the success of our town.

I was walking outdoors for exercise a week ago and there was a trash pick up in my area in that day; the truck was dropping smelly garbage leakage all along its path. It’s terribly odorous and with the high temperatures & lack of rain the smell lingers even more.

Are the trucks too full, or are they poorly constructed? What can be done?

Perhaps the can go the drop off once or twice during the day and then continue the run? Is there a wash out procedure that can be done more often.

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning. Whenever someone sees a truck leaking like this, please contact public works or my office with the location and time. This allows us to pinpoint the truck and inspect its seals.

The trucks have seals which can break down over time but they are not designed to be fully watertight. The biggest cause for liquid buildup like this are garbage cans or dumpsters that aren’t covered and can fill with water.

Residents can also help by making sure their cans or dumpsters are covered after they deposit their garbage.

Thanks for letting me know about this.




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