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Posted on: July 19, 2022

City of Pipestone - Garbage Tote Tips and Guidelines

Tote Guideline

The City of Pipestone - Garbage Tote Tips and Guidelines

A few tips to follow to ensure the collection of your garbage, recyclables, or yard waste.....

How to position your carts correctly.

*Carts should be placed at the curb of the address being serviced by 7 a.m. on the scheduled pickup day.

*Opening of cart should be facing the street with the arrow on the cart lid pointing out to the street. so that the truck's "arm" can grip the cart.

*Leave 4 feet of space between the carts so that the truck's "arm" can grip the cart. 

*Carts should be at least 4 feet away from utility poles, fences, mailboxes, fire hydrants, trees, cars, and any other objects.

*One-way alleyways: Carts should be placed on the right side of the street in the direction of travel.

Carts that DO NOT follow all of the above will NOT be serviced.

Why does it matter?

Most collection trucks are automated with an electronic arm that grabs and empties the tote.  This efficient process streamlines collection and prevents work-related injuries.

More helpful tips....

-Stomping down your trash can be dangerous and can cause items to jam inside your tote. Your trash will not flow out while being emptied. Many times pizza boxes or styrofoam are the culprit.

-All trash should be bagged before it's placed in the tote. This prevents flyaway trash as the tote is emptied into the truck. (Does not apply to recycling tote.)

-The proper level of trash is when your tote's lid can be completely closed. It helps prevent the trash from spilling onto the street and prevents animals from getting into you tote.

-Customers are responsible for keeping their totes clean.

"You Didn't Pick Up My Trash!"

Our pickup routes start very, VERY early. Even if route times are always consistent, something may change at any given time and pickup schedules may be sooner than expected. It is best to place your carts in their locations the night before your regular scheduled pickup.

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