As any Californian first grader can tell you the capitol of the golden state is Sacramento. This means that the seat of power for the state is located here. However, there is also an entirely separated administration set up for the actual city itself. Although the city and state workers often cross paths, when it comes to things like police, schools and municipal services it falls to the Sacramento City Council to set up all of those guidelines and regulations.
The service that most city residents take for granted is the trash pickup. Whenever you move into a new home or apartment, you’re told by your neighbors when the trash is collected. However, there are some very specific guidelines that many long term residents might not even be aware of. For instance, you need to place your garbage container on the curb by 6:00 AM on the schedule day of pickup. This container also has to have the lid completely closed. Here’s where it gets really specific: You should allow three feet between each container and they should be at least six feet away from cars, mailboxes, boats or utility poles. And the containers need to be on the street not the sidewalk. All of this would seem like it would go without saying, but you’d be surprised at how many folks forget some of these guidelines and end up causing trouble down the line.
As far as container size is concerned you actually have the option of a 32, 64 or 96 gallon garbage can. How much you’ll be charged on your utility bill for the trash pickup depends on the size of container you opt for. If you can reduce the amount of garbage you put out each week, you’ll be able to lower your monthly bill.
You should also know what is “banned from your can.” It is actually illegal to toss out any kind of household hazardous waste or e-waste such as computer monitors, household batteries, fluorescent lamps, bulbs, oil, oil filters or hypodermic needles. You’re also not supposed to put in any dirt, rock, concrete, asphalt or other construction materials.
When it comes to yard waste collection, the City of Sacramento provides two resident friendly options. You can fill up a container that is designated for yard waste or opt for a “loose-in-the-street” pickup. How that works is that residents are allowed to put a single pile of yard waste by the curb in from of their home for a weekly pickup. Among the accepted forms of yard waste for this pile are leaves, grass trimmings, tree and shrub prunings, Christmas trees or sod with the dirt removed. You can put out trash and debris, pet feces, excessive amount of dirt or lumber and concrete.
Naturally, if you’ve got bigger items that won’t fit in your garbage can or the loose street pile, you should consider contacting Junk King Sacramento
. The Junk King crew can come by your home for a scheduled appointment to haul away truck loads of junk or garbage. When it comes to keeping things clean in Sacramento, you certainly have plenty of options!