Make sure to set your calendars for the week of April 16 Norwalk's annual spring trash pickup week.
The sanitation department will be out on your normal trash day in order to pickup any larger items, said sanitation department superintendent Jeff Montgomery. He said garbage should not be in boxes or paper bags. Before being picked up, any refrigerators, air conditioners or freezers must be certified that freon has been removed.
Montgomery said the following items will not be picked up: tires, paints, corrosive or flammable liquids, construction debris, lumber, concrete blocks, dirt, stones, yard waste and batteries.
Because of the manpower and resources required during spring trash pickup, recyclables will not be collected that week.
Many people use spring trash pickup week as an opportunity to rummage through other people's trash in search of "treasures." By the letter of the law, that is theft, said Norwalk Assistant Law Director Stuart O'Hara. However, though he has heard a few complaints over the years, he has never seen a single case of trash theft prosecuted.
"It's the kind of thing that we'd be hard pressed to prosecute it. A jury would look at that and say, 'But you were going to throw it away,'" O'Hara said. "But, technically, you still own it until such time as the trash man comes and collects it."
If anyone has a big ticket item and can't wait until April 16 or wants to put something large out after spring trash pickup and avoid the treasure hunters Montgomery said people can buy a $1 sticker that allows for pickup of large items or extra bags. Residents are allowed to put out three bags per week.
Other sanitation events on the horizon include:
The city's compost pile opens on March 30.
The week of April 23 is spring brush cleanup week. There is no limit to the amount of brush that can be piled up, however Montgomery said stumps are not allowed and all debris must be light enough that a man could pick it up.
The curb side yard waste program beings April 30. In addition to three bags of garbage, residents will be allowed to set out two cans of yard waste.
Anyone with questions can visit the city's Web sitewww.norwalkoh.com or call Montgomery at sanitation department (419) 668-7122..