City Corner column: You can't leave trash, recycling containers out all week

By Jennifer Sourdellia
March 18, 2012 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2012 at 10:18 p.m.

Is it a violation of the city ordinance to leave garbage or recycling containers on the street seven days a week?

Yes. According to Sec. 13-175 (b) of the City Code, it shall be unlawful for any person to place or leave any residential container, empty or otherwise, on or near the curb after 8 p.m. on the designated collection day or prior to 8 p.m. on the day before the day designated for collection.

Individuals in violation of the ordinance will receive a notification letter in the mail; if they continue leaving the cart in the street or on the curb, they will receive a second letter. If they continue leaving the cart in the street after receiving the second letter, the case will be submitted to the City's Code Enforcement Department for further action and the resident will be fined for the violation.

Is the city planning to continue the Tunes @ Noon concerts downtown this spring and summer?

Yes. The Victoria Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to attend the next Tunes @ Noon at DeLeon Plaza on Friday, March 30, from noon to 1 p.m. Take a break from your busy day and come downtown during the lunch hour to hear live music provided by Matt Thigpen.

Tunes @ Noon is a free community event held on the last Friday of each month. For more information, please call Parks & Recreation at 361-485-3200.

What has the community's response been to the city's curbside recycling program?

Response to the city of Victoria's new curbside recycling program has been very positive, according to Darryl Lesak, assistant director of environmental services.

The new program began Feb. 6 and during the first two-week cycle of the curbside pick-up, Lesak reports that 82 percent of residents throughout the city participated in the program.

He said that the city anticipated only about 40 percent of residents to participate, but participation rates have been twice than what was originally expected.

Because 80 percent of most items thrown away can be recycled using the single-stream recycling program, the city has seen a reduction in the amount of automated garbage that is being collected.

The Environmental Services Department will evaluate the curbside recycling pick-up program for the next several months to see if any adjustments will need to be made to the pick-up schedule.

For residents who have extra bulky items to recycle, such as oversized boxes, a collection and transfer station is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and is located at 809 George St.

This is where residential collections are taken before being transported to Waste Management's single-stream processing facility in Houston. Residential customers are allowed to drop off recycling at the transfer station for free, but must show proof of identification and a copy of a current water bill.

There is also a drop off facility at the Victoria County Precinct 3 courtesy station at the Victoria Regional Airport for both city and county residents.

Do you have a question about the City of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.



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