Now might be a good time to get rid of unwanted items as the city will be picking stuff up each day starting next Friday through August 25. Downside is that it costs $15 for the pick up plus an extra $7.50 for each additional minute it takes to load up your trash. Of course, the scavangers that circle Carbondale this time of year looking for finds along side the curb may haul off your stuff before the city ever gets to it.
With SIUC students arriving back on campus and fall classes starting on Monday, August 19th, the City of Carbondale will again be offering additional services to the public:
• In addition to established office hours, the City Water Office will be open extended hours from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning on Wednesday, August 14th and ending on Wednesday, August 28th.
• Free newcomer and visitor information will be available in City Hall along with free bottled water.
• Parking meters will be covered to allow free parking on downtown parking lots between Monday, August 12th and Friday, August 23th.
In an effort to keep the City clean of trash and debris, the Refuse and Recycling Division will conduct City Designated Solid Waste Collection Days and provide daily patrols of the City to collect and dispose of refuse from the curbside. Regular patrols will begin on Friday, August 9th and continue through Sunday, August 25th. Patrols will be performed seven days a week as determined to be necessary by City staff.
Within the guidelines of City Designated Solid Waste Collection Days, refuse at curbside will be removed and the property owner of record will be billed based on the time it takes at each location. All collections will be timed and billed to the property owner of record at the City's Extra Solid Waste Collection rate which is $15.00 plus $7.50 per minute after the first minute, rounded up to the next whole minute. Under this program collection will include:
• Refuse that is not placed curbside by 8:00 a.m. in an area whose normal refuse collection day is the current day and/or exceeds the residential refuse limit of one cubic yard (200 gallons or six 33 gallon cans).
• Refuse that is placed at the curbside prior to 4:00 p.m. in areas whose normal refuse collection day is the following day and which exceeds the residential refuse limit of one cubic yard (200 gallons or six 33 gallon cans).
• Refuse that is placed at the curbside in areas where the normal collection day is not the following day.
• All refuse that is placed at the curbside at any time where the property address in question is not a regular customer of City refuse collection.
• Please note that landscape waste, white goods (household appliances,) and tires will not be collected under this program. These items will be collected on a call-in basis only as a part of the City's existing sticker collection programs by calling the Maintenance and Environmental Services Division at (618) 457-3275.
The City's Designated Solid Waste Collection Days will be augmented by staff from the Building and Neighborhood Services Division making regular patrols throughout the City and issuing citations as needed. Building and Neighborhood Services Division staff will issue citations to the property owner of record for the following violations:
• The property in question is not a regular customer of City refuse collection. (Note: To maintain the cleanliness of the City, any refuse set at curbside on property which is not a regular customer of City refuse collection will be collected and the property owner will be billed for the collection in accordance with program guidelines.)
• The refuse is not properly bagged or neatly stacked for collection at the curbside.
These guidelines have been established in an effort to keep the City free of debris and refuse as well as to prevent the regular City Refuse and Recycling customer from being penalized for setting their refuse out slightly earlier than permitted by City Ordinance which is 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to the customer's regular collection day.