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New guidelines: City residents could be fined for wrong trash can

CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Trash cans will stay on the curb and residents could even receive a fine for putting out the wrong garbage can.

That's according to new garbage and yard waste rules for the city of Cincinnati. After May 17, an orange tag will be put on garbage piles and cans that violate city policy. The tags are a reminder to the resident that they have two weeks to fix the issue. 

"After June 1, however, the Department of Public Services will place a new tag on improperly prepared trash requesting citizens to call 591-6000 for pickup after the violation has been corrected. The resident will receive a citation for improperly prepared trash," states a city memo.

Residents could be fined $50 for using the wrong type of garbage can or anywhere from $200 to $2,000 for improperly setting out construction debris.

“It's all about getting more money from tax payers as far as assisting with the streetcar, said Cincinnati resident Pearl Spaulding.

Jerry Wilkerson who is the Superintendent of the Neighborhood Operations Division of Cincinnati Public Services said that is not the truth.

“This is not about being punitive, fining people," said Wilkerson. "It's basically to deter bad behavior."

Residents could be fined $50 for using the wrong type of garbage can or anywhere from $200 to $2,000 for improperly setting out construction debris.

Delores Brown said this makes sense.

“Sometime that's the only way you can get the message across for people to do what they're supposed to do,” said Brown.

Another resident, Charles West, said the City needs to find another way.

“They need to find an alternate solution then trying to find somebody for leaving trash outside of a can,” said West.

The changes are part of a new trash policy that began last month. As part of those changes, the collection program switched from a five-day to four-day schedule to allow crews to spend Fridays working on special projects, according to the city.

Guidelines and proposed fines:

Using improper waste container: $100

Early or late set-out of garbage for collection: $50

Dumping: $2,000

Improper use of corner cans: $50

Improper set-out of personal property $100 - $1,000

Improper set-out of yard waste: $50

Setting out "unacceptable waste" for collection $50

Setting out construction debris: $200 - $2,000

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