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Talkin' Trash

posted Jun 28, 2017, 9:07 AM by Richard D'Ascoli   [ updated Jun 28, 2017, 11:24 AM ]

Talkin’ Trash

Every week Realtors from throughout the county get together at "Bash Boutique" in North Park to pitch their new listings, share listings that will be coming to the market soon, discuss buyer needs and share out of area listings. One of the highlights of the City Pitch is the City Update. The City update consists of topics on the radar at city hall in San Diego, especially those that relate to real estate. 

This week the topic was trash. On the agenda this week was a city response to a report written that was titled "BROKEN GARBAGE CANS, CITY APATHY, FREE CANS FOR A FEW – WHAT A MESS!” San Diego is home to “The People’s Ordinance,” an ordinance that gives certain San Diego residents free trash collection, mostly single family home residents. When the city started providing automated trash collection in 1994, free bins were provided to residents. This was provided until 2008, when the free cans were eliminated due to budget constraints. After 2008 the responsibility for replacing damaged, stolen, vandalized or missing trash cans was a burden put on the homeowner.

It is estimated that 50-70% of the bins put out for collection each week are damaged in some way. Many homeowners and residents attempt to make the bins serviceable with tape and other patchwork solutions. The cost of replacement is $70 if picked up at the Environmental Services Collections department off of Miramar Rd or an extra $25 to have it delivered. There are also two replacement models that can be purchased through retailers like Walmart and Home Depot for about the same cost.

The report highlighted homeowners’ ingenuity when dealing with the issue. Whereas some owners just bolted plastic panels to patch up their bins, one homeowner reportedly picked up a blue recycle bin (first one free) and spray painted it black! Clearly this issue is still unresolved, but being aware of the current policy and the history behind it will be useful to Realtors next time they sell a house in the city of San Diego!

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