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Modifications to the City Code on Refuse and Recycling Services

Annapolis, MD (10-16-13) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announced that the City Council passed Ordinance 33-12, modifying the City Code regarding refuse and recycling services.

The City made changes to its solid waste and recycling services in September of 2012 when solid waste collection was privatized and changed to once-per-week collection.  This ordinance codifies the requirements for the 2012 service change, updating an old section of code to current conditions. Some of the changes include:

  • Property owners are responsible for the actions of their tenants
  • Property owners of single home rental units or small complexes, less than 10 units, are responsible for making sure their tenants have proper containers by contacting the City or purchasing them
  • Property owners of multi-unit complexes, which the City does not provide containers for, are responsible for providing recycling collection for their tenants.  (Multi-unit is defined as 10 or more units on one property)
  • Clearly defined set-out times:
  1. Must be set out by 6 a.m.
  2. Cannot be set out before 6 p.m. the evening before collection
  3. Containers must be properly stored away by midnight on their collection day
  • Solid waste collection containers must have tightly fitting covers.  Residents have the option to use wheeled trash carts with attached covers, often called by the brand name Toter
  • Recycling is now mandatory
  • Allows the City the right to establish a franchise for the collection of commercial refuse downtown
The change to once-per-week collection has resulted in a 15% increase in recycling in Annapolis.