Key West – Recently, the Key
West City Commission passed an ordinance requiring residents to place yard
waste into trash containers for pick-up.
The rational behind the ordinance was to continue with the City’s
goal of becoming the “Cleanest City in the USA,” ensure that sidewalks
and streets were not encroached by large piles of debris, and assist with
proper separation of yard waste from other types of garbage.
City residents have had
many concerns and questions about the new ordinance. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) from
Q. Why was this
trash that built up while waiting for the claw truck (in some instances a
week or longer) had grown beyond our
created a safety problem on the City's right-of-ways, the trash was
unattractive, unhealthy and was taking
away valuable parking spaces from our residents and visitors. Moreover,
horticulture is considered excess waste and if it can not be placed in a
container or trash bags, the property owner is required to have it hauled
out by a solid waste company.
Q. Will yard waste
still be collected curb-side with regular trash?
A. Yes, if placed
in cans or bags, yard waste will be collected at no additional charge.
Q. If I don’t
want to containerize yard waste, do I have any other options?
A. Residents may
place uncontained yard waste curb-side and arrange for a claw truck
pick-up. Arrangements for
this type of pick-up MUST be made in advance and an additional fee
will need to be paid.
What is the fee for claw truck pick-up?
The minimum charge for claw truck pick-up is $75.
Q. What is the
current charge for garbage service?
A. The monthly
charge for residents is $22.50. Waste
Management receives $7.68 for twice a week garbage collection, $1.71 for
once a week recycling, and $9.39 goes to the City for disposal and plant
I believe that in the contract with Waste Management, each household
was entitled to a free pick-up for yard waste at least once a year. Am I
The contact does not allow for free pick-ups and the current monthly fee
does not include the claw truck.
Will furniture and white-goods still be collected?
A. Yes, furniture
and white-goods, such as appliances, will be still be collected curb-side.
Please call Waste Management to arrange for pick-up of these types
Q. What about the
collection of construction debris?
debris has never been a free service.
Residents can contract with a number of local haulers for the
collection and disposal of construction debris.
Q. What is the
fine for leaving yard waste on the sidewalk or street, not in a container?
You may be fined up to $500 each time there is a violation of the
ordinance. Currently, Code Enforcement is trying to educate the citizens
about the new ordinance and is giving warnings and allowing citizens to
place yard waste into containers in a timely fashion to avoid fines.
Shortly, this will no longer be the case and Code Enforcement will
be issuing tickets for violations of the ordinance.
Kelly L. Haglund, Public Information Officer
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