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Cincinnati to crack down on residents violating garbage rules

City of Cincinnati
Courtesy of City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s Public Services Department is about to get tough on those residents who put out “improperly prepared” trash for pick-up.

Before this Sunday, sanitation workers will pick up improperly prepared trash but hang an orange tag on the empty containers to make residents aware of the violation. No citations or fines will be given.

For the two weeks following this Sunday, sanitation workers will start hanging orange tags on garbage cans that are not set out properly according to city policy. But the trash will only be collected if the resident corrects the violations and calls 591-6000.

After June 1, though, the Public Services Department will start getting tough. Sanitation workers will place new tags on improperly prepared trash requesting  residents to call 591-6000 for pick-up after the violation has been corrected.

And, after June 1, violators will receive a citation which could come with a fine – ranging from $50 for using the wrong kind of garbage container or up to $2,000 for improperly putting out construction debris.

Details on what constitutes “improperly prepared” garbage and the city’s guidelines on waste pick-up can be found here.

“These changes are necessary to help make sure our Department of Public Services team can best spend their time serving the community,’’ City Manager Harry Black said in a press release. “Cincinnati is a beautiful place and it will take everyone in the community doing their part to make sure it stays that way.”

City residents can get an additional trash cart by calling 591-6000.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.