Merriam enforcing trash container storage restrictions that require screening from street view

Trash and recycling containers can be left out for only 18 hours after the collection time and then must be stored where they are not visible from the street.
Trash and recycling containers can be left out for only 18 hours after the collection time and then must be stored where they are not visible from the street.

Merriam is beginning to enforce its restrictions on screening of trash barrels from view from the street.

City Administrator Phil Lammers told the city council Monday that the city surveyed just one portion of Ward 1 and found 86 violations of the city guidelines. Residents were notified of the violations with door hangers outlining the restrictions. That cut the subsequent number of violations to 14 in those neighborhoods. Lammers said the city will work with the court on how to handle the continuing violations.

The city, he said, will continue to move through other wards and neighborhoods to enforce the restrictions which require that trash and recycling barrels be stored behind the house line and screened from view from the street when they are not set out for collection.

The city does not have a single-hauler contract so collection barrels are out on different days depending on the contractor. Each house must have a collection at least once per week. The city regulations allow the containers to be placed out 18 hours before the collection time and can stay out for no more than 18 hours after the collection time.

The city has examples of acceptable screening posted on its site.