Alley Garbage Fiasco

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    Comment
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    At least once a weak, my neighbor’s garbage bin is laying down in the alley, with garbage littered all over the alley because of crows and wind. It is an apartment/town home building, with a tall, black, round garbage can. Since it isn’t a house, there is a lack of responsibility on who should clean it up, and most often, it is their neighbors who clean it up for them.

    Who can I officially complain to? How can I fix this problem? I’m tired of my alley being disgusting, and tired of my dog chewing on pieces of my neighbor’s garbage (it blows into my yard). Please help.

    #783118

    Cait
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    I’d ask the landlord of the complex about it.

    #783119

    It’s happening near us, too! The alley was fairly tidy before a certain person moved in, but now whenever the can tips (at least weekly) she just uprights it then picks up a small circle of trash around it. She leaves a mess up and down the alley!

    Neighbors, it’s still your trash, even after critters or wind spread it a few feet away! Please clean up after yourselves!

    #783120

    Once a week is weak. Hope the can owner gets it together!

    #783121

    Ms. Sparkles
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    If you know whose garbage it is, start packaging it up and leave it on their front door step with a note say “I believe these belong to you.” Yes you will still be picking up after them, but you’ll no longer be suffering in silence…and there’s a slim chance it will entice them to be more careful / pick it up themselves.

    #783122

    EdSane
    Participant

    Speak to your neighbors directly. No harm in actually communicating.

    #783123

    luckymom30
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    If you don’t get anywhere after speaking to the building owner or landlord contact City of Seattle Dept. of Planning and Development:

    Code Enforcement/Complaint Response

    In most instances, DPD begins investigating a code violation

    and taking enforcement action when a citizen reports

    a potential violation. If you think you know of a potential

    violation, you may report it in any of the following ways:

    1. Online: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/csc/complaint.asp

    2. By phone: DPD Complaint Hotline, (206) 615-0808

    3. In person: DPD Code Compliance, 19th floor of

    Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave., Seattle

    4. By letter to: DPD Code Compliance, 700 Fifth Ave.,

    Suite 2000, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019

    #783124

    WorldCitizen
    Participant

    EdSane:

    Thank you! There’s quite a number of people in this community who seem to think calling the authorities to deal with their own issues with their neighbors is a great first step. This is a community, right? It never hurts to offer help with a possible solution instead of calling someone in power.

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