As you know, the Village has experienced the same rat problem that faces so many Western New York communities. The Village has been working diligently with Erie County to address complaints. In order for any rat program to be effective, however, we need your help. You can help by eliminating food sources and shelter areas for rodents. The best way to eliminate food sources for rats is through the proper storage of your garbage.
Village law requires residents to utilize standardized, approved refuse carts. Garbage totes have been distributed to all residential and business properties.
Single family homes are required to have one tote, and doubles are required to have two.. The totes are 95 gallon totes and can hold the equivalent of approximately three garbage cans. The totes have wheels and handles for easy movement to and from the curb, and – most importantly – each tote has an attached lid. By simply closing the lid of these totes, we will significantly help our battle to rid the Village of rats. Not only will this food source be closed off to rodents and birds, it will also keep the trash dry which serves to reduce our costs in garbage collection and dumping.
Through the use of these totes we have seen a significant reduction in the presence of rats.
You can also help in ridding our community of rats through the elimination of bird feeders, by promptly picking up animal waste, and by removing wood piles and other shelter areas for rats. Working together we can make Kenmore safe and clean!
STORAGE AND PLACEMENT OF GARBAGE
The intent of recent legislation is to eliminate possible food sources for rats and other animals, thereby promoting health and safety throughout the Kenmore community
OUTSIDE STORAGE OF GARBAGE
All garbage stored outside must be placed in standardized cans, approved by the superintendent of Public Works. Plastic or heavy paper bags cannot be used, nor can other plastic or metal garbage cans.
Owners/occupiers of multi-family (3 or more units), commercial, institutional or industrial property will be required to use containers approved by the Superintendent of Public Works.
Yard waste (grass clippings, branches, etc.) may be placed at the curb in CLEAR plastic bags or open containers, or bundled. Opaque (including black and green bags) bags CANNOT be used. (Local Law #9, 2004, passed October 5, 2004)
The Village will continue to pick up recyclables, large trash (furniture, etc) and white items in the same manner as that currently in effect.
Elderly or disabled persons, who cannot move a garbage can and has no one to assist him/her, may contact the Department of Public Works to request assistance. If the DPW verifies that the person cannot move a garbage can, the DPW will bring the can to and from the curb.
RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS - PLACEMENT OF GARBAGE
Garbage is to be placed at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on the morning of collection and no earlier than 4:00 p.m. on the day preceding garbage pickup in residential districts.
FINES FOR VIOLATORS (Local Law #2, 2005, passed June 7, 2005):
Fine not less than $25.00
2nd violation w/in 12 months
|Fine not less than $50.00|
3rd violation w/in 12 months
|Fine not less than $100.00|
4th violation w/in 12 months
|Fine not less than $200.00|
5th or more violations
|Fine not less than $500.0|
BUSINESS & INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS – PLACEMENT OF GARBAGE
Garbage is to be placed at the curb no later than 9:00 a.m. on the day of collection and no earlier than 6:00 a.m. of the scheduled pickup day.