City of Cumberland

Rules and Regulations

Disposal of Garbage, Refuse, and Ashes

1. All garbage must he drained and wrapped in paper before being placed in a suitable, watertight, metal, rubber or plastic container. Such containers shall be of a capacity not to exceed two bushels or FORTY POUNDS in weight, and must have securely fitted lids. Paper or plastic garbage bags of suitable gauge and strength may be used in place of metal, rubber or plastic cans. When used, such bags must be securely fastened at the top.

2. All ashes must be placed in suitable watertight, metal, rubber or plastic containers holding not in excess of one bushel or FORTY POUNDS in weight. All ashes must be dry and may not be mixed with garbage.

3. Oil drums, chemical containers, shortening cans, railroad spike cans, carbide cans, unsuitable plastic containers, kitchen and bathroom waste paper cans, shall not be permitted for the disposal of garbage, ashes or rubbish.

4. All garbage and ash cans must have a handle that will extend down over the side of the can, or two suitable side handles, and must have securely fitted lids.

5. Place receptacles away from parked vehicles to insure pickup.

6. All pasteboard boxes, brush, or similar items placed out for disposal must be cut down and/or folded to a length not to exceed forty-eight inches and securely tied with stout cord in suitable bundles, not to exceed FORTY
POUNDS per bundle, before being placed at the curb.

7. Magazines shall be tied in bunches not to exceed FORTY POUNDS. Newspapers, if not recycled, shall also be tied in bundles not to exceed FORTY POUNDS.

8. Collections will be made in accordance with the schedule determined by the City of Cumberland:

East Side, West Side
South Cumberland
Downtown, North Cumberland

Note:For additional questions and Information call THE SOLID WASTE Collector AT 777-1360 or THE CITY AT 759-6620

9. No garbage, ashes, refuse, etc., may be placed at the curb before 9:00 p.m. of the day before collection, and empty containers must be removed prior to 6:00 p.m. on the day of collection.

10. The responsibility for picking up garbage, ashes or refuse scattered or littered about, as a result of upset cans, torn bags, etc., is that
of the homeowner or property owner from whom such garbage, etc., is to be collected.

11. A penalty of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) is prescribed for violating any of the rules and regulations pertaining to the disposal of garbage and other household refuse. THERE ARE SEVERAL PENALTIES FOR THROWING OR DUMPING GARBAGE, ASHES, OR REFUSE IN OR UPON ANY PROPERTY IN THE CITY LIMITS.

12. Nothing is to be placed at the curb in cardboard boxes, as they tend to break up and deteriorate when wet.

13. No construction material of any type should be placed at the curb for pickup. Dry wall, plaster, lathe, roofing, bricks, carpeting, wood, etc. will not be picked lip at curbside.

14. Rocks and dirt are not acceptable as yard waste and will not be picked up.

To prevent garbage cans from being bent out of shape, it is recommended that nothing be stomped tightly into the can. Anything wet is difficult to dump out of a can and when the temperature is low, this becomes frozen so that the container cannot be emptied.

Wet ashes are very difficult to dump, and when cold, freeze in the can. Ash cans heavily loaded will bend very easily when being dumped into
the truck.

The FORTY (40) pound limit seems very light when you first read it, but when you consider that a man empties from fifteen hundred (1,500) to two thousand (2,000) cans in a night of work, it could add up to lifting as much as forty tons if
each can weighed forty pounds.

To dispose of Christmas gift wrappings, roll paper into beach ball size and tie with ribbon or string. This will prevent overloading the garbage cans so that garbage and household rubbish can be put in cans.

Break down pasteboard boxes and tie into bundles tightly with stout cord

To keep our City neat and clean will require the full cooperation of every citizen.