Thursday, July 14, 2016

If Enforced, City Waste Container Placement Laws Gobble Up Parking Spaces & Disrupt Parking (253)

Image 1
The City has recently increased the number of waste containers in its collection system by a whopping one-third. On the face of it, this is a major expansion of problematic objects in public places. But, oddly, hardly anyone seems concerned about this mass invasion of obese barrels.

It has made me wonder, however: exactly how are we supposed to configure these new thousands of fat rolling vats when we rumble them out every week?

Seeing hardly anything on this aspect in the color picture brochures focused on “organics,” I have sought the guidance of the Davis Municipal Code. As seen in Image 1, we find that one is supposed to keep a minimum of three feet from each side of each container and to place the wheels of each against the curb.
Image 2

The Individual Configuration Level
This required configuration is displayed in Image 2, where the standard three containers have their wheels against the curb and there is three feet from each end of the line of containers, as required, and three feet between each container.

This arrangement consumes a total of 12 feet between and next to the containers. The three containers themselves consume almost 7 feet. Therefore, we are looking at a City-required line of containers that is almost 19 feet long.