City residents should have found a flier around their doorknob this week alerting them to new trash-collection dates that start Sept. 10.
Solid-waste disposal, which includes trash and leaf pickup, will be turned over to Bates Trucking and Trash Removal. The privatization of city trash passed as part of the budget for fiscal year 2013, and it included some significant changes to how trash collection is handled in Annapolis.
Before Bates starts picking up your trash, here are four things you need to know.
No. 1—Know your new collection day.
The day city employees have traditionally picked up your trash and recycling will now be the day that Bates makes its once-a-week pickup from your curb. So if the city picked up your recycling on Monday, Bates will pick up your trash and recycling on Mondays from now on. If that's confusing, you can click here to see your pickup date based on where you live in the city.
Residents are still asked to make sure their trash makes it to the curb before 6 a.m.
No. 2—Schedule pickups for large, bulky items.
Do you have an old mattress or broken refrigerator that needs to be collected with bulk trash? There will be no more days assigned for bulk pickup. Residents are asked to call 410-263-7949 or click here to schedule an appointment.
The upside is that you don't have to store that mattress in the garage for months until bulk pickup; the downside is a limit of two items per scheduled collection.
No. 3—Small bulky items can just go to the curb.
Items like chairs, lamps and end tables can go to the curb with your weekly trash pickup. No appointments are necessary.
No. 4—Bag your leaves and mark them with an X.
The biggest change to city services after the shift to once-a-week trash collection is leaf removal. Leaves will no longer be blown in the city, and residents need to bag all their leaves and yard waste and place the bags at the curb on Wednesdays. The bags must be sealed and marked with an X. The city emphasized on its flier that people should not rake their leaves to the curb.