Bins must be placed out of sight and off streets
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/18/2013 -- Following an Iowa City City council deferred action on ordinance that required trash containers to be stored out of public view, locals have expressed varying viewpoints on the matter.
The ordinance, which amends the housing code and solid-waste ordinances, requires storage of residential various waste bins to be located behind the front building line of the residential structure, or otherwise screened from the public view.
Nancy Carlson, who is a member of the College Green Neighborhood Association, stated that the issue was regarding people who did not respect their neighbors sense of aesthetic cleanliness. “Most people who live in homes take pride in their neighborhoods,” she said. “They put their trash out and bring it back in. But there are short-term renters here who are not interested in that.”
Carlson stated that the impetus for her decision to bring the issue to the city came about after a Saturday wherein she went out and wrote 25 addresses with garbage cans in the front yard.
“It makes the neighborhood look like a slum,” she said.
The North Side Neighborhood Association was one of the first neighborhoods that was originally levied concerns regarding waste containers to city staff, citing that the issue was of overflow concern.
“It was a combination of things,” said Mike Wright, the coordinator for the association. “Some people make it a routine of leaving their [waste containers] in the middle of their yard — that doesn’t do a lot for neighborhood aesthetics.”
Wright expressed a general concern regarding trash overflow, as trash was being spread across yards and animals getting into containers.
Mary Knudson, who is a neighborhood representative for the Miller Orchard neighborhood, stated she was not sure the ordinance was a move that truly worth the supposed service it provided. “My first reaction is that’s a lot of oversight,” she said. “On some people’s property [waste containers] are hard to have them not be seen from the street. Sometimes I have to have it in front with the snow. There’s a fine line that I don’t like with it.”
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