Frequently Asked Questions – Public Works

What is the difference between trash and garbage?
Garbage is what comes out of the household:  Kitchen garbage.  Trash is anything from bagged leaves to an old chair, tree limbs.
What is the trash schedule?
There is no set schedule; we try to come thru each neighborhood every week to ten days.  There is no need to call for a pickup.
Does  grass and leaves need to be bagged?
Where do you put trash?
Separate from the garbage, maybe on the other side of the yard or at least several feet between.
What size should garbage can be and does garbage have to be bagged?
Cans should be the
City issued 96 gallons can w/ lid and yes, all garbage should be bagged because this eliminates litter from loose items in the can. No liquids should be allowed to collect in the bottom of the garbage can.
Do the garbage trucks run at the same time for each pickup day?

No, Pick-up time varies so garbage should be out at
6:30 A.M. and your cans must be put away promptly that evening. It is ok to set the garbage can out the night before pick up.
Who handles stray animals?
Police Dept., their non-emergency number is 205-956-5990
What about contractor piles? 
Anything generated by a contractor, the resident citizen is responsible for removing, do not put it on the Right-of-Way.
Code # Sec. 7.5-3. – subsection (4) Any debris, trash or other materials resulting from demolition, repair, excavation or construction of buildings or structures by contractor, or from work performed by persons in landscaping, tree service, plumbing, heating and cooling and other like businesses, or from a resident performing job and serving as contractor. It shall be the responsibility of the owner to cause this waste to be removed. This subsection does not, however, prohibit a resident from performing minor landscaping work on the resident’s property and disposing of the resulting debris in conformance with the terms of this chapter.