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Last Monday Week is too late to put out bulk trash at the curb after Monday morning at 7:30 AM. They take pictures of the homes that are in compliance.

So after putting out that pile of cut branches from the back fence the City told me it was a day late and I might get fined or have to pay for them to pick it up.

The City of Dallas has very strict guidelines to follow for bulk trash pickup. They say you can place your leaves in bags and cut branches and other throw away items like old rugs or whatever, on the Thursday preceding the last Monday week which for us, would be the Monday of May 22, 2017 to no later than 7:30 AM on that date.

So I could not place bulk branches and stuff I saw in my next door neighbor's back yard that he cut off the fence last week because it was a day late and even though the City doesn't pick ours up usually, until around Friday or Saturday at the very end of the last Monday week. Of course they said, I could keep it there, although late by a day, to see what would happen. News Flash! My brother got fined about 200 dollars for placing bulk trash out a day too early so he won't be making the same mistake twice, a costly lesson for him to learn. So, I figured I better remove said bulk trash from the front of my next door neighbor's house as I did him a favor by removing it from his back yard lawn as he is always gone from home doing his business and that means I had been keeping his lawn mowed and would not be able to mow it again until that stuff was gone. Now it has been cut up and placed in our driveway against the fence until ... you guessed it! Next month.

It will likely dry out and lose most of the leaves and I will then have to pick it up and place it carefully out on the last Monday week before the Monday 7:30 AM deadline in the month of June, then after they pick it all up at or around the last day of that last week of June, I will then have to cleanup all the sidewalk and yard where all the left over leaves and stuff they miss. Basically, I moved it once from the neighbor's back yard to the front, then called 311 to get the confirmation that I was late putting it all out, then I removed it from that location and put it in our driveway against the fence. Then I cut it up so it would fit against the side of the drive as to not block our driveway, then I had to rake all the fallen leaves into a nice pile. Now I will have to move it back to the curb next month, and after that I will have to rake the area where it lies at the moment, and after the city picks it up do cleanup at the sidewalk by the front curb. This is all because I was not exactly on time putting it out. Besides all this, I thought I was doing him a favor but it could have ended up him being fined for having the bulk trash out a day late so for that reason I removed it to our driveway.

It can be a real gamble. If I had just left that pile of branches and stuff at the curb and took my chances it would probably turned into a hellish nightmare because of what happened to my older brother a year ago when he was fined just for putting out the trash a day early. Give Me A Break!

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VinceSummers wrote on May 23, 2017, 10:00 PM

Where I live, the great outdoors seems to be their plum. The beautiful land of this county (Nelson, VA) is often trashed by all sorts of household junk.

MegL wrote on May 24, 2017, 3:01 AM

Seems very restrictive and annoying.

MegL wrote on May 24, 2017, 3:02 AM

That's terrible. How people can do that, I just do not know!

AliCanary wrote on May 24, 2017, 7:23 AM

Here in Greensboro, we have the 7-7-7 rule: You can't put your trash out before 7pm the day before pickup, but you have to have it out BY 7am the day of pickup to ensure that they'll get it, and then you have to get your trash cans back off the street by 7pm that day. I haven't seen this enforced very strictly, though.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 24, 2017, 2:01 PM

I would like to keep my trash cans out in front by the street 24/7 and never move them anytime and be able to put my bulk trash out whenever I want to as well. That way, if they see it they can come by and pick it up before it piles up out of control. It is not the same in rural areas but in the city the cans are ugly so we get to keep them in our yard to make our yard look more stylish with those grey and blue totes that seem to be too large to hide.

AliCanary wrote on May 25, 2017, 6:07 AM

Having them out in the street makes it harder for cars to get by, especially if the wind blows them over. Also a lot of people put them out near the mailbox, which makes it too hard for the mail carrier to drive up to the box. I definitely see why they want them off the street.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 25, 2017, 6:17 PM

Yes that makes perfectly logical sense. I understand why.