Parkites might be required to haul their trash and recycling cans off the curb after the trash and recyclables inside them are hauled away.

The Park City Council on Thursday night discussed the idea of creating a law that would prohibit people from leaving the cans on the curb after trash or recycling day. The elected officials were not scheduled to make decisions, but they indicated they would further explore the idea later.

There have been similar talks over the years, but the past elected officials did not enact a law. It was not clear after Thursday's meeting whether the current City Council will move in that direction.

City Hall staffers intend to return to the elected officials in July or August for a more detailed discussion. The City Council could request staffers draft a law for consideration at that point. The elected officials want staffers to research similar laws elsewhere.

A law will be of interest to people who claim trash and recycling cans left on the curb are unattractive. The concerns in the past have primarily dealt with Old Town. Critics during earlier discussions claimed the trash cans detracted from the neighborhood streetscape.

"That looks terrible," City Councilor Tim Henney said.

City Councilor Cindy Matsumoto, though, mentioned that it could be difficult to hide the cans from view on some properties. She also said some people would need to bring the cans up steps to move them off the curb.


Advertisement

The comments by Henney and Matsumoto likely offer a preview of some of the points that will be broached when the discussions continue later. They were similar to opinions expressed by various people during talks held in the past. City Councilors at least twice -- in 2005 and 2000 -- considered enacting a law like the one that will be discussed. There was not enough City Council support in past years.

A law would require someone to remove trash and recycling cans from the curb within a certain amount of time after collection day. It could also limit the amount of time a can could be left at the curb prior to the trash and recyclables being picked up.

An Old Town resident addressed Mayor Jack Thomas and the City Council on Thursday, saying he supported the enactment of a law. Paul Beasom, who lives on upper Woodside Avenue, said cans left on the curb are a hazard. He said a driver could hit another vehicle if the person must avoid a can.

"It is a safety issue in Old Town," Beasom said.

Sanford Melville, another Old Town resident, said he did not realize City Hall does not have a law requiring cans be removed from the curb. He said cans are left outside properties that are rented on a nightly basis.

The elected officials, meanwhile, are also considering a requirement that recycling bins be labeled with addresses. Doing so would make it easier for officials to identify people who put the wrong types of materials in recycling bins. The mayor and City Council will likely discuss labels at the same meeting when they talk about prohibiting people from leaving the cans on the curb.