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[GreenYes] Re: Requirements for onsite garbage/recycling storage space at busine sses

At 03:03 PM 12/27/2005 -0800, McLaughlin, Anne wrote:

Dear GreenYes-ers,

Happy holidays from the rainy City of Roses. We're looking for some advice
from the rest of you (and from anyone else you may refer us to).

The City of Portland is looking at ways to prohibit, or at least reduce the
number of, Dumpsters and other garbage & recycling (G/R) containers
permanently sitting on public sidewalks (i.e., public right-of-way). Our
current regulations aren't working very well.

We are asking you for information and/or contacts for other cities to see
what good solutions you might have found. We are thinking that it's
probably done through your planning and zoning regulations, by requiring
property owners to provide G/R storage space on their own properties, and
including specs for that storage space. But if you have any other workable
system, we'd like to know that. We're interested in what the regulations
are, and how and by what agency they are enforced.

Why *would* containers be allowed to stand permanently on public sidewalks? I thought all jurisdictions had regulations on use of such public right-of-way.... (I'm sure that the basic pattern around here is that a permit is needed to put a dumpster at the curb--say--for a project such as a roof tearoff. The time allowed is limited. And this would normally be in a parking area, not a traffic lane or sidewalk.) I would think that if the political will exists to make and enforce suitable rules, the property owners will be forced to find alternatives. But maybe I don't understand.



Alan Muller, Executive Director
Green Delaware
Box 69
Port Penn, DE 19731 USA
fax (302)836-3005

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