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GARBAGE ORDINANCE 2018 COMMERCIAL RATE INCREASE AND PICKUP CHANGES

Background: The Town of Lake Placid has been considering changes to the Town's garbage ordinance.   The changes have passed the first required reading of two on August 13, 2018.    The exact ordinance changes can be viewed in the ordinance before Town Council at the link below.

This webpage is published on August 15, 2018 as an advisory to the residents and businesses of the Town of Lake Placid.

Ordinance 2018-765

The purpose of this web page is to publicize changes that the town will be implementing.   Interested parties can track all ongoing changes in the Town of Placid by monitoring the Town Council Agenda packages located at http://www.lakeplacidfl.net/agendas/agenda2018.html.

Mission Statement

The Lake Placid Sanitation department is responsible for the collection and disposal of solid waste, as well as issuing regulations for services provided. The daily collection for residential and commercial customers in the Lake Placid service area, averages 56 tons of garbage per week and 10 tons of horticulture debris per week, which is properly disposed of at the landfills of Highlands County and Okeechobee. 

The Sanitation Department is headed by the Solid Waste Coordinator, currently Harvey Waldron.   Website contact regarding garbage can be relayed through the towns contact forum and contact with customers who have sent questions is guaranteed within four days, provided a good contact email or telephone number has been provided along with the question being asked.

The mission of the Solid Waste Department is to provide an integrated, cost effective and environmentally sound solid waste disposal system to all Town residents and businesses with the highest level of customer service.

THE FOLLOWING IS PRESENTED AS A GUIDE  

The Town recently received its new garbage truck which was ordered in 2017.   The truck is a duplicate of the last truck the town received and therefore establishes uniformity in service and operations.   The town has preferred flexibility in our service to customers.   Rather than require all garbage into a mandatory container which is picked up by a one person crew, the town remained able to pick up plastic bags, small debris piles, variations in garbage containers, and a larger variation.    The Town is adopting some new practices intended to be crew friendly.

Preferred 45 gallon garbage can.   These cans easily fit on the truck tippers shown in yellow at left, back of garbage truck.  
 
The town still
has older garbage trucks that are used in the event the newer trucks need repair.  Crews struggle with large garbage cans with no handles that have filled with rainwater because of not having lids.

 

 
The new ordinance will not change residential  pickup days Tuesday and Friday Commercial pickups as arranged will continue to be 6 and even a possible 7 days a week
There are no changes in residential customer rates in the new ordinance. No changes on days of pick up unless customer is individually notified
Debris and horticulture piles picked up by appointment with town

   > Past charges for 22 cu yard pickup was $135 - that charge is being raised to $150.

   > If the load is not a full load customer will be charged according to the load fraction.  ie. 1/2 load = $75

 
  
> Price raised to $150 per load paid in advance. 
The town has numerous experiences where large loads are placed on the right of way shoulders without notifying the town.  The Solid Waste Coordinator will have the option of billing the property via the water account that the pile is on.  Non-payment will result in discontinued town services until paid, for both the current property owner or anyone purchasing the residence.  Small horticulture piles will be picked up with regular garbage.  Several small piles from any single property will be billed as one large pile

The Town's residential and commercial pickup practices are changing as follows:

THE TOWN WILL NO LONGER PICK UP THE FOLLOWING:

Town will not pick up trash strewn around cans.    Customer can cited for littering if not cleaned up.    Can will not be picked up because it has no lid secured on same.   Lids must be closed, not loosely balanced on top of can.





No closed lid, no pick up.   If these plastic bags were not in the can and on the ground weighing less than 25 pounds each town would take them.   In a can, rain accumulates and makes the can heavier which is hard on workers and the equipment.




Garbage below is placed in paper boxes.    Must be placed in garbage container 45 gallon cans with handles or up to 32 gallon plastic bags not less not more than 25 pounds each.  The only materials the town will take in cardboard boxes is bundled cardboard.


   


Garbage cans will not be picked up if they have no lid.   Plastic bags of garbage less than 25 pounds up to 32 gallons and secured will be picked up to total of four 45 gallon garbage cans per pickup.    Small brush pile will be picked up at no extra charge as is shown; however, this is close to the max.


For each Garbage collection day, the Town shall collect up to but no more than four (4) containers, each with a volume of not more than forty-five (45) gallons and each containing not more than fifty (50) pounds of residential garbage. Said containers shall be placed at street-side at least two feet (2') but not more than ten feet (10') the edge of the pavement in, securely fastened to prevent spillage.  In the alternative, the Town shall collect up to but not more than eight (8) bags, each with a volume not to exceed thirty-two (32) gallons and each containing not more than (25) pounds of Residential Garbage.
 

Fleeing tenant piles such as below are considered littering in violation of town ordinance.    To avoid a littered town sanitation will pick up the pile and place a charge against the property.     If not paid within the normal billing period all town services to this property and any other property owned by the same party within the town will have all town services discontinued.     Discontinuance of service will continue on the properties even after new ownership and a legal lien will be placed.




 

 

Lids required.  No boxes containing garbage.
 



Small brush piles that are capable of pickup within two arm loads, around a cubic yard, will be taken.




This is considered littering, in violation of town ordinance and will be prosecuted as same with the property owner being billed extra for pick-ups.

 



This is considered littering, in violation of town ordinance and will be prosecuted as same with the property owner being billed extra for pick-ups.
   
   
                                   
Lids required.

This can has no lid and no handles and as such is not an allowable garbage can.                                                      

No lid; however, the plastic bags by themselves would be taken.
 

Cardboard boxes being used as garbage cans will not be taken.  Too often the bottoms fall out and leave the crew having to pick up loose garbage blowing down the street.


 
 

Smaller piles of household items that will not fit into a garbage can or a plastic bag will be removed at no additional cost.
 

The cans without lids will not be taken.    Items such as this couch by itself will be taken since such items cannot fit inside a garbage can or plastic bag.    Furniture items that create an excessive pile in the view of the Solid Waste Coordinator may result in extra charges.
 

Plastic bags will be taken not exceeding 25 pounds and 32 gallons.   Cans with no lid cans will not be taken.
 

Bundled cardboard in any form will be taken.   Plastic bags to 32 gallons and less than 25 pounds will be taken.

 

No lid below.   Will not be taken.

 


Cans all have lids, box contains bundled cardboard.    Plastic bags less that 25 pounds at 32 gallons or less and one household item that would not be practical to fit into garbage can.


 

Cans without lids will not be taken.    Cardboard boxes containing bundled cardboard will be taken; however, this example is borderline since the boxes appear to not be bundled.
   


No lids below and one can has no handle.



 


 Commercial garbage account below.    All items to be picked up must fit into dumpster.    Starting September such accounts will at the discretion of the Solid Waste Director, be fined for extra pick-up, result in either a larger dumpster or more pick-ups at the rates shown below, result in no pick-up of the bags not in the dumpster.

 


Commercial garbage account below.    All items to be picked up must fit into dumpster.    Starting September such accounts will at the discretion of the Solid Waste Director, be fined for extra pick-up, result in either a larger dumpster or more pick-ups at the rates shown below, result in no pick-up of the bags not in the dumpster.
 
 




MORE EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW
   
   
   





NEW COMMERCIAL DUMPSTER RATES
In general dumpster rates are increasing 5%


In addition to above, commercial accounts that were being billed at the rate of 15$ per month are being adjusted per the new ordinance.