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Let’s Talk Trash

SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? 

When residents of a community need assistance with moving the huge trash bins to the curb for garbage pickup it isn’t consistently available.  Volunteers will be called upon to help out, but there are waiting lists and people may then only be able to have the trash removed every couple of weeks if at all.  The great news is that the solution already exists and many cities have been addressing this issue for years.

The trash bins are just too big for people who have physical challenges.  Moving these bins with trash to the curb can lead to injury and other problems.  *The standard 95 gallon trash bin weights 39 lbs. empty.

 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

The Waste Management Companies can provide this service.  They take the trash bin from the back of the house/garage, bring it to the truck and then return the can.  It’s that simple.

There are some variations in the cities as to who is eligible but that is only based on age.  In all cities, anyone who has a disability is eligible thanks to the American Disabilities Act.  For cities who already provide the service, they just have a form for the resident’s doctor to complete and verify there isn’t someone in the house who can take the trash to the curb.

Part of the challenge is that a resident can’t go directly to the company because it has to be included in the municipal contract.  As it currently stands, the city must include this accommodation in their contract and it should be a part of the competitive bid process.

WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP? 

If you are someone with a disability call your city and ask them for an “accommodation” and request the specific service outlined here.  Some companies call it Backdoor/Backyard and cities have names like “valet trash.”

OTHER CITIES

Some examples of cities that provide it include, Avon Lake, Beachwood, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Columbus, Solon, Toledo, and many cities around the country.

Here is some reference information:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted on July 26, 1990, provides comprehensive rights and protections to individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, and telecommunications, and prohibits state and local governments from discriminating on the basis of disability.

Requests for Reasonable Accommodation

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the ADA, and related federal and state laws and regulations forbid discrimination against those who have disabilities and require federal aid recipients and other government entities to take affirmative steps to reasonably accommodate the disabled. Individuals with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations to access City facilities, programs, and services.

 

 

*The information provided is not intended to replace or substitute any professional, financial, medical or legal advice.  All information found on this website is for general informational purposes only.  KeyStone Community Services is a nonprofit (501c3) organization.

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