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Talking Trash: City Releases Video 'How-To' on New Garbage Ordinance

The new ordinance was approved after a resident disputed a citation and won in district court.

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After the city staff is making double sure residents understand the dos and don'ts of storing their receptacles.

In addition to an arguably detailed diagram, the city has created a quasi how-to video. (Both are attached above to this article.) The new ordinance states that storage must be behind or alongside the principal structure on the property. The two-minute video shows two sample properties and outlines the requirements of the ordinance.

The council first discussed garbage storage in August 2011, however, declined to pass an ordinance that would require screening cans. However, after a resident disputed a citation for not having containers placed "behind or alongside the house"—and won the argument in district court—the city was forced to redefine ordinance language.

There's no need to panic if you're storage space isn't in compliance with the ordinance. The new rule will not go into effect until June 1, 2013, giving residents plenty of time to comply.

To watch the video, click the "play" button below the video box above.

Annie S. December 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM
All these silly little rules might discourage me from buying a house in Richfield...
Jake Rappe December 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
AMEN! I'm so glad that our learned counsilmembers have protected me from errant garbage cans.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
LOL Jake. But in seriousness, this kind of thing is a surprisingly big deal for a lot of people. My first story on this blew up. When the council first looked at this last year, people came to chambers to speak out against it. It may seem silly, but it sure gets people going.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 05:20 PM
And well, not all people store their garbage cans in an orderly fashion.

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