One of the main issues we have heard about from residents in recent weeks is the placement of trash/recycling bins on the outside of a residence. As you drive through the neighborhood, or perhaps just look out your windows, you will see there are a number of residents that leave trash/recycling bins in plain view of the street and/or neighboring properties. It can be challenging to find space in a garage or other suitable location for these bins.
However, leaving trash/recycling bins in plain view of the street or neighboring property is a violation of city ordinances.
Aside from trash collection days, your trash/recycling bins must be stored behind the line of your home, and cannot be in view from the street or a neighboring property. They must be hidden from sight. They do not have to be stored in a garage, however that is likely the best place for most individuals. If you have a privacy fence, for example, and can ensure that no neighboring property can see the bins, this is also an acceptable alternative.
There are a few ways to resolve the issue if you have a neighbor that currently does not follow this policy:
- Talk to your neighbor. Ask if they could please place their bins out of sight. Reference the city ordinance/rules on this if needed.
- Submit a concern with OP Cares: https://www.opkansas.org/OPCares
- Your neighbor will not be informed that you reported it, but they will be provided a notice by the city
- If you do not receive resolution via these methods, feel free to reach out to a board member for assistance/guidance
If you currently have your bins exposed to public view, please correct this. If you have a neighbor that does, please follow the steps above to correct the situation.
The city has the right to issue a ticket to any resident for each day that solid waste containers are in violation of this ordinance.
Let’s continue to keep Shannon Valley a clean and attractive neighborhood for those who visit and, most importantly, all of us who live here and enjoy it daily!
For information on the city rules: https://www.opkansas.org/resident-resources/trash-and-recycling/