City of Cleveland Will Resume Issuing $100 Citations for Improper Waste and Recycling Collection Violations This Summer

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City of Cleveland Will Resume Issuing $100 Citations for Improper Waste and Recycling Collection Violations This Summer
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Cleveland city council voted in June 2016 for a moratorium on low-level citations for trash collection and recycling enforcement. That decision followed vociferous complaints from residents who said the ordinance was confusing and that they received $100 citations for regular waste disposal.

"The tickets came fast and furious, and the complaints came fast and furious," council president Kevin Kelley told at the time. "We had to get our arms around this and decide what we want out of the rules about trash collection and how we want people to be treated."

That moratorium will end this summer as the city announced today it would again begin issuing citations starting August 1, 2018. The city will issue courtesy citations from now until then.

Violations include:
- Trash mixed with recycling, which results in contaminated recycling
- Excess waste outside of the City issued roll cart. Only items in the roll cart can be picked up by the automated trucks.
- Carts set out too early. Carts should not be placed out earlier than 12 p.m. the day before the scheduled collection day.
- Cart violation – residents are required to remove roll carts from tree lawn and store by 12 p.m. the day after scheduled collection day.

Bulk waste violations and details:

- Bulk residential pick up takes place the first full week of every month
- There is a limit of three large items permitted for bulk pick up plus up to four tires
- All mattresses/box springs and cloth furniture must be wrapped for the safety of handlers.
- Although the courtesy warning period runs now through August 1, the City will continue its $350 citations for non-compliant large set-out violations. The setting out of construction materials, five or more tires, large quantities of bags or boxes and hazardous waste materials is considered a major infraction. These violators will receive a $350 fine.

More info can be found in an FAQ from the city here.

“With the successful roll out of the curbside waste and recycling program, we are moving on to the next phase of ensuring this program’s success – compliance,” Public Works Director Michael Cox said in a release. “Compliance is essential to our efforts to become a greener and cleaner Cleveland. Our goal is to educate residents early so everyone is in compliance by August 1st.”
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