MUSCLE SHOALS PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT - SANITATION
The following is a list of items to be used as a guideline in the placement of items for collection. The brush/trash items must be placed within six feet of the roadway and in front of the residence from which it came. Garbage containers should also be placed in the same manner. All items for brush/trash and garbage pick up should be placed at the road by 6:00 a.m. on the respective collection day in accordance with city ordinance.
The large green garbage container provided by the City is for household waste only. This does not include cat litter or any such item or any item listed for brush/trash pick up. (Please refer to the list below.)
THIS LIST APPLIES TO RESIDENTIAL COLLECTION ONLY:
Brush/trash should be placed within 6 feet of the right of way in front of the residence away from mailboxes, guide wires, or any other situation that may compromise the reach or height of the knuckleboom. Do not place items on storm water/catch basin lids.
Sidewalk placement – If there is a sidewalk in the area where brush and trash is placed please place items behind the sidewalk but as close to the sidewalk as possible. If the boom is unable to reach the pile the Public Works Dept. will work with residents to find an area convenient for placement of brush and trash.
Yard debris such as shrubs or trimmings, all leaves and grass clippings that are bagged or boxed, tree brush that has been placed by the residents. (No contractor, lawn/shrub service, tree trimmers' debris, etc., work will be picked up!) All limbs or trees must be 6 to 8 feet maximum in length. The boom cannot pick up extremely large trunks or stumps; a backhoe and dump truck will be used for the trunks or stump only if the tree has NOT been cut by a contractor or tree service. Yard debris also includes any large quantity of fruit such as apples or pears, garden waste such as corncobs, rotten vegetables, etc., which should be bagged or boxed. (Any large quantity of these items will overload the capacity of the green garbage containers.)
Landscaping Rocks or stone (DOES NOT INCLUDE GRAVEL OR STONE FROM DRIVEWAYS)
Fencing that has been removed by the resident (DOES NOT INCLUDE FENCING REMOVED BY A CONTRACTOR)
All dead animals that are on the city right of way.
Building material that does not change the structure or appearance of the OUTSIDE of the residence or any changes to the OUTSIDE of any out building. This pertains to jobs done by the resident only.
All appliances or furniture.
Animal litter (cats, dogs, rabbits, etc.) or any other such item that is bagged or boxed.
Used syringes that are placed in a sealable container such as a milk jug.
Old butane or propane bottles, fire extinquishers, fluorescent bulbs, or any like items.
Plate glass, old windowpanes, large mirrors, or any other such glass. These items need to be boxed and broken into smaller pieces to avoid shattering glass on the ground.
All miscellaneous items: automobile batteries, corrosives such as cleaners or acids that are in sealable containers and marked as such, old bags or boxes of clothes, small yard equipment such as lawnmowers, weed eaters, etc., garage “junk”, old refinish items such as DRIED UP polyurethane, varnish, and paint in cans or any such item, old swing sets, wooden pallets (resident must call department giving approval for pickup of pallets - see list below) etc.
ITEMS NOT PICKED UP BY THE BRUSH AND TRASH TRUCKS:
· No yard debris including trimming or cutting from trees done by a contractor or lawn service. Any contractor who cuts or trims trees for any resident is responsible for hauling all debris from the premises. Any resident who does not make sure that the contractor hauls the debris from the residence will be responsible for hauling the debris themselves. (For any questions concerning a contractor’s license please contact the Building/License Department at 256-386-9205.)
· No grass or small yard debris that has not been bagged or boxed.
· No building materials from construction of new homes or additions to any existing residence or out building. This includes any remodeling which may include shutters, fencing (unless removed by the resident), siding, gutters, or roofing materials installed by the resident or contractor on the residence or out building. This also includes the demolition of any or all of an existing structure done by the resident or any contractor.
· No commercial or business areas.
· No wooden pallets (sod, construction materials, etc.) unless resident approves pickup of pallets.
· No debris placed from an existing residence on a vacant lot; no debris placed on a vacant lot that has been cleared from a vacant lot.
· No dirt, rocks, sand, or concrete (excludes landscaping rock or stone).
· No items that have been pushed into a pile by heavy equipment or machinery.
· No automotive or truck fuel tanks or large auto parts.