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City Approves Garbage Service Requirements

On Monday, February 23, 2015, the Lynnwood City Council adopted Ordinance 3108 requiring all city property owners to have scheduled curb-side garbage service at their property by August 1, 2015. This ordinance aims at addressing nuisance issues, health problems, decreased property values and impact to quality of life that can result from the accumulation of trash in our neighborhoods. This will also help address the large volume of illegal dumping that occurs in our City parks and at many business locations that have large dumpsters. 

Estimates from the local hauling companies show a majority of Lynnwood property owners currently subscribe to regular garbage service. Community Development Director Paul Krauss states, "our Code Enforcement Officer received 340 complaints last year and approximately 25% of them had to do with trash accumulation. This ordinance now gives our Officer another tool to address issues that come along with trash accumulation. The spread of litter to adjacent properties, vermin and pests, odor, and unsightliness, are contrary to the best interests of our community." 

Property owners who do not currently subscribe to regular garbage service have until August 1, 2015 to sign up. If you are a tenant of a Lynnwood property, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that all rules and regulations are followed, however it is advisable that an agreement between the tenant and property owner occur prior to August 1, 2015. There are two hauling companies that service the City of Lynnwood. Residents living west of Highway 99 are serviced by Republic Services and residents living east of Highway 99 are serviced by Waste Management (see map below). Each company can help customers tailor service to best fit their individual needs. 

Lynnwood's adopted Community Vision states that we will be "a regional model for a sustainable, vibrant community with engaged citizens and an accountable government." One of the ways this should be achieved is through, "aesthetic neighborhood quality through code enforcement." For more information on the city's vision, visit www.lynnwoodwa.gov/VisioningLynnwood.  

 

City Hosted Clean-Up Event

To help residents get ready for the new garbage service requirements, the City is offering a limited number of Clean-Up Coupons for use at the Snohomish County Southwest Transfer Station. In late May, Lynnwood property owners will receive a flyer in the mail detailing the new requirements and how to obtain a Clean-Up coupon. The coupon will cover the first 360lbs. of a load, which is the average cost for a passenger load, at the transfer station ($20) and will be valid from June 1 - November 1, 2015. 

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

One of the benefits of having scheduled garbage service is that all single-family and multi-family properties have recycling collection included with a garbage subscription. Maximizing the recycle collection gives you the opportunity to choose the smallest garbage container that fits your needs, which can help keep your monthly costs down, and help save the environment!

Recycling collection accepts the following items, placed together in one container - no sorting necessary!

  • Clean mixed paper, newspaper, and cardboard
  • Tin and aluminum cans
  • Plastic bottles, jugs, jars, and dairy tubs
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Small, clean scrap metal items

See your company's website for more details on specific materials for each category.

Yard and food waste collection is also available for an additional cost. Diverting food waste can also lead to less true garbage and the option of a smaller garbage container. 

For more information on Garbage and Recycling visit us online or contact the City's Recycling Coordinator Steve Fisher at 425-670-5244 or sfisher@lynnwoodwa.gov.

Rotary Club of Lynnwood's Annual Rummage Sale

For the 6th year, the Rotary Club of Lynnwood's annual rummage sale will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015. The event has been a growing success, thanks to generous donors, sponsors, volunteers, and the dedicated service of the Club Rotarians. The Rummage Sale raises funds for community projects and proceeds benefit over 20 local charities, including funding scholarships for the Edmonds School District, Edmonds Community College Foundation, the Lynnwood Food Bank and the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County. 

The Rotary Club of Lynnwood accepts donations of gently used items for the Rummage Sale. There are several drop-off events scheduled this summer at Meadowdale High School. Visit www.lynnwoodrotaryclubrummagesale.com for more information.