I am writing in support of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association on their recent trash initiative on the Slopes. Their campaign to alert the neighborhood to the rules of the city regarding keeping trash out of sight and stored in cans caught my eye and is to be applauded.
Our office often receives calls about the mismanagement of trash in our neighborhoods. In addition to calling 311 to report problem properties, there are additional tools we have to help educate and correct improper trash disposal habits, especially when it comes to rental properties.
In 2009, I sponsored legislation that puts the responsibility of educating tenants about the city’s trash collection procedures directly on landlords. According to Section 619.13 of the City Code, the landlord must supply a form to each tenant indicating the city’s policy on “the storage and disposal of refuse, recyclables, and yard debris, and the legal penalties for violation of those requirements,” and must get each tenant to sign off on this document acknowledging their receipt and understanding of the rules. Each violation of this ordinance garners a hefty fine. You can check out the ordinance on the Council District 3 website at http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district3/legislation.
So, if you are faced with a chronic trash problem from a property in your neighborhood, please contact my office with the address and we can get the city to request a copy of the tenant notifications from the landlord to make sure that all of our residents are informed about proper waste management procedures. Feel free to contact our office at 412-255-2130.
And so again, many thanks to the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association for stepping up to help educate our community on ways to keep our streets and sidewalks clean and beautiful!
City of Pittsburgh District 3 Councilman