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Garbage Tote Collection Information
Guidelines
  • Address totes with black permanent markers.
  • Your tote must be used for all food waste.
  • Filled totes should weigh no more than manufacturer recommendations.
  • Do not put any garbage to the curb more than 24 hours prior to scheduled collection.
  • All empty totes must be removed from the curb by the end of the collection day.
  • Keep the tote stored behind the building line.
  • Tote lids should always be kept closed.
  • Totes must be kept clean.
  • Totes may be traded for alternate sizes (65 gallons or 95 gallons).

Clear plastic bags may be placed at curbside for yard waste. Any materials placed in garbage cans (plastic or steel) will not be collected. For more information, contact the Highway Department at (716) 875-8822.

Sanitation Ordinance

In 2007, the Town Board of the Town of Tonawanda passed several changes to its Sanitation Ordinance to reflect rodent control. Chief among these changes was an amendment to the way that household garbage was placed at the curb for collection. This change required you to place all of your HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE out for collection in a TOTE.


§181-4. Preparation of waste material for collection
ALL GARBAGE AND WASTE MATERIAL in the Town of Tonawanda placed by owners/occupants of residential and non-residential property for collection by the Town of Tonawanda in accordance with this chapter shall be placed in the public right-of-way abutting the premises where said garbage and waste material is generated and shall be prepared as follows:

A. Garbage and non-recyclable waste material, refuse and rubbish shall be placed in a TOTE, which conforms to the specifications of this chapter. DOMESTIC ANIMAL WASTE SHALL BE THOROUGHLY WRAPPED IN DRY PAPER OR OTHER SIMILAR DRY SUBSTANCE AND PLACED IN A TOTE. Similarly, carcasses and hides of wildlife should also be disposed of in this manner.
1. While being stored in the TOTE prior to collection, THE LID OF THE TOTE SHALL BE TIGHTLY CLOSED.
2. After the TOTE is placed in the public right-of-way for collection, THE LID OF THE TOTE SHALL BE TIGHTLY CLOSED.
3. The owner of the property is not permitted to allow the TOTE TO OVERFLOW. No solid waste shall be placed on top of, next to or around the TOTE.
4. Construction and Demolition Debris or fill and yard waste may be placed in a TOTE for public collection.
5. Yard Waste, if not placed in a TOTE, may be placed for collection in a disposable clear or translucent plastic bag, which, WHEN CLOSED BY LACING IS AIRTIGHT AND WATERTIGHT.
6. Every owner of property shall supply an adequate number of TOTES for the safe storage and/or disposal of garbage and non-recyclable waste material, refuse and rubbish, AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY THE OCCUPANTS OF THE PROPERTY.
7. Prior to being placed in the right-of-way for collection, all TOTES shall be stored behind the front building line of any street unless specifically authorized by the Superintendent of Highways or the Supervising Building Inspector.
8. The TOTE SHALL BE CLEANED AS NECESSARY TO AVOID NOXIOUS OR OFFENSIVE ODORS AND TO PREVENT RODENT BREEDING AND INFESTATION.

F. Construction and demolition debris which results from work performed by the owner or occupant of a residence may be placed for collection in the public right-of-way abutting the premises where said work was performed if placed in TOTES or tied in bundles.

L. No bundle prepared for collection shall exceed 72 inches in length, 38 gallons in volume 60 pounds in weight.

§181-22. Penalties for Offenses
A. Any violation by a person, firm or corporation of any provision of this chapter or the recycling regulations, as amended from time to time, shall be deemed a violation punishable by the following:
1. First violation, a written warning
2. Second violation within 12 months of the first violation, a fine of $50.00
3. Third violation within 12 months of the first violation, a fine of $1 00.00
4. Fourth violation within 12 months of the first violation, a fine of $150.00


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