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As an effort to keep sidewalks clear, the City of North Bend is reminding residents that garbage, recycling and yard waste containers should be placed curbside - not on sidewalks - on designated collection days, and landscaping should be trimmed to prevent encroachment on public sidewalks.
City Municipal Code requires cans be placed curbside. According to the City's Republic Services contract, 'curb' or 'curbside' is defined as "that area of the homeowner's property five (5) feet of the public street or private road without blocking sidewalks, driveways or street parking." [Note: Exemptions can be made for those with physical constraints, unable to bring their garbage to the curbside.]
Additionally, per City code it is also individual property owners’ responsibility to maintain trees, shrubs and other landscaping from encroaching on Right of Ways, which includes sidewalks. Containers placed on sidewalks - especially in older neighborhoods with mature landscaping - limits space for pedestrians.
Remember - proper garbage/recycling/yard waste can placement ensures your pickup is not missed and assists drivers in efficient and safe collection routes. Containers should be placed at least 2 feet apart and at least 3 feet from cars, trees or mailboxes, with the lids opening toward the street. Allow at least 14 feet of overhead clearance above the containers and place them as close to the curb as possible.
The City appreciates residents help to keep sidewalks clear, particularly while pandemic social distance guidelines are in place, and for compliance with ADA standards.
For more information on Republic Services in North Bend visit: www.republicservices.com/municipality/north-bend-wa