Published on June 16, 2023
The City of Syracuse Department of Public Works (DPW) announced it will start issuing citations beginning the week of Monday, June 19 to property owners who don’t follow setout requirements for new uniform trash carts. Fines are up to $350 for households that fail to comply.
The City introduced new covered trash carts for semi-automated pickup to nearly 7,000 Phase One properties on June 5. During the first two weeks of the rollout, sanitation crews issued written warnings and collected trash at households that didn’t meet requirements. According to DPW, the most common mistakes so far are: not using the city-provided trash cart; leaving additional trash outside the new cart; filling carts so the cover doesn’t close; and failing to bag all trash placed in the carts.
Going forward, DPW will not pick up trash where requirements aren’t followed and will issue a citation notice. Property owners will have 24 hours to pull back their trash setout to avoid having to pay the fine. The trash can be set out properly for pick up the following week. Excess trash can also be transported to an Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency drop-off site. Locations and fee information is at ocrra.org.
“At this point, most properties are abiding by the setout requirements. We are grateful to Phase One property owners for adapting to the carts so quickly,” said Jeremy Robinson, DPW commissioner. “We don’t want to issue citations, so we urge residents to review the information materials distributed with the carts or available on the city website.”
The city’s requirements for trash setouts with the new carts are:
More information about the new trash cart program is at syr.gov/carts.
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