Does the City Pick Up Dead Animals?

By on 27 September, 2013 in Carole King, City services with 1 Comment

In case you haven’t noticed…we have a great Sanitation Department, at least the guys on our Capitol Parkway route are fabulous. And that’s a really stinky job. We can make their work a little more pleasant and a little less malodorous by following some guidelines. Even though the roll-out can is City property, cleaning it is your responsibility. First off, you might try some of these ideas for disposing of your bags.

  • Don’t throw the bags it in…place them in. Try developing the habit of opening up the trash lid and placing the bag right side up. That way the contents can’t leak out and become the Golden Corral for a hoard of house flies. Even if you manage to toss the bag into the bin right side up, you risk tearing the bag open from the impact.
  • Household garbage only. Do not place any hot materials, paints, solvents, inflammable liquids, non-containerized liquids, sod, dirt, sand, rocks or any other extremely heavy items in the container because they won’t pick up your roll-out if it’s overloaded.
  • Double Bag the Nasty Stuff. I’m not much of a cook but if I have meat scraps or clean out the fridge, I double bag to avoid any chance of a tear in the bag. And even though I’m so cheap I squeak, I do buy name brand garbage bags instead of cheap ones.
  • Deodorize. A quick and cheap option for a deodorizer is to poke some holes in a box of baking soda and duct tape it to the bottom of the bin. If you don’t tape it, it’ll slide out with the rest of the trash. And spray it with a disinfectant spray every time you put in a bag.
  • Compost instead. Try composting natural by-products instead of sending them to the landfill in a plastic bag. Now’s the time to start thinking about the 2014 spring garden.
  • Wash it. A good washing once a year would be nice as it can’t hurt to squirt it down with detergent, scrub and rinse with a hose.

Place your rollout container at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on your pick up day and then removed no later than 7:00 p.m. of the same day. If despite all your efforts your roll-out can gets damaged or stolen, call Sanitation at 241-2753 for a replacement.

Now, for all that extra yard trash and debris follow these guidelines for pickup which, excepting for holidays, is once a week.

  • Locate trash behind the curb and not in the street or gutter.
  • Tree limbs must be cut less than four feet in length and eight inches in diameter and piled behind the curb. If you do put oversized limbs and larger items they may charge you up to (prorated) $70.00 per load and you don’t want that!
  • All appliances, mattresses, carpet and other household items will be removed at $10.00 per unit.
  • Leaves and pine straw must be bagged except between October 1 through April 15 of each year.
  • Building debris and other construction materials are the responsibility of the contractor to remove as well as stumps, tree trunks and dirt.
  • Grass has to be bagged at all times or in trash cans no larger than thirty gallons.

If you have heavy duty construction debris or you just cleaned out your garage, you’ll need to utilize the first and third Saturday pickups following these instructions.

  • Saturday hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the sites at the bottom of the list. You must be a resident of Montgomery County
  • Hazardous or toxic waste will not be accepted.
  • Service is on a first-come-first-serve basis…so stay in line.
  • Heavy or bulky items could require your assistance in loading onto directly into a City truck. Items that are too heavy to be loaded manually will not be accepted. You cannot unload items on the ground.
  • Nope, they won’t let you salvage through other peoples’ drop-offs for cool stuff.
  • You can only bring in four tires at a time.
  • Items that have Freon (refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.) must be taken to the North parking lot of Cramton Bowl for disposal.

These are the sites that have Saturday pickups so you can find one near you.

  • Goodwyn Jr. High School
    209 Perry Hill Road
  • Vaughn Road School
    4407 Vaughn Road
  • Morningview School
    2849 Pelzer Ave.
  • Bellingrath Jr. High School
    3488 South Court St.
  • Clarence M. Dannelly School
    3425 Carter Hill Road
  • Peter Crump School
    3810 Woodley Road
  • Hayneville Road Elementary

3315 Hayneville Road

  • Cramton Bowl
    North Parking Lot
  • Sheridan Heights Comm. Center
    3501 Faro Lane
  • Halcyon Elementary School
    1501 Parkview Dr.
  • Harrison Elementary School
    164 East South Blvd.
  • Wares Ferry Road Elem. School
    6425 Wares Ferry Road
  • Southlawn Middle School
    5533 Mobile Hwy.

If you have more questions about your service you can call 241-2753 or Clean City Commission at 241-2563. And as for the title question, the city will pick up dead animals – up to 50 pounds on street easement. Good to know for stray cats, possums, and armadillo but what do you do with the leopards and elephants?

Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!

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  1. Jay Croft says:

    I put such things as cooking grease, bones, etc. in the freezer and add them to the plastic bags for collection on Pickup Day. Keeps the odors down.

    Also, the El Cheapo bags, at least the Publix brand, are perfectly adequate.

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