Label those new garbage cans!

If your garbage can is rented from Arrow Refuse, add a luggage-type tag with your address. Do not inscribe or use permanent marker. Photo by Heather Bryant.

Juneau’s new garbage cans need to be labeled and kept odor free, according to amendments to the Bear Attraction Nuisance section of the city’s Health and Sanitation Code.

The Assembly approved the ordinance at its regular meeting Monday night.

Labeling garbage cans has long been in Juneau law. But local garbage collector, Arrow Refuse, recently changed to a roll-cart service, and customers are leasing the can from the company. The law has been changed to note that many Juneau residents are now garbage can “renters” and they, too, must label the can just like owners. But City Manager Kim Kiefer warns residents the Arrow can should not be permanently labeled.

“What Arrow recommends is putting something like a luggage tag on the can so there’s an address there. They will move the can from place to place so they don’t want somebody to put an address on the side of it in permanent marker,” Kiefer said. “The renter is responsible for making sure that’s on there. They’re also responsible for making sure it’s odor free.”

The ordinance goes into effect in mid-November; giving customers 60 days to get the appropriate label for the new roll-cart cans.

As for an “odor-free” garbage can? Be sure your trash is bagged. And periodically wash it out.

Arrow Refuse puts it this way: Bagging your trash will keep your can cleaner, the utility does not clean garbage cans.

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