Ask Joe: Waste Management at vacant homes

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Updated: 4/23/2014 7:00 pm
We get a lot of questions about Waste Management these days, and the company's new single stream recycling program. Here's a new twist:
Lori in Reno wrote in saying there is a house on her street that has been vacant for years, and Waste Management recently delivered a recycling can to the home. Lori said it blows over and makes a mess. She was told even if the home is vacant, Waste Management is required to drop off a recycling container. Lori wants to know why?

Lori sent News 4 a picture of the home on Coit Drive in Reno.
Joe called Sarah Polito, the spokesperson for Waste Management. She said according to the franchise agreements with the cities and county, residential garbage service is mandatory. Therefore, all homes have a trash cart and Reno customers most likely have a recycling cart as well.
Polito said if a home is vacant, the property owner must call Waste Management to cancel service. She said often times if it is a foreclosure, no one gets around to informing Waste Management.
So even if a neighbor calls to complain, like Lori did, that is not enough. It has to be the property owner who calls Waste Management, or notifies them directly. Seems a little strange to some of our viewers, but those are the rules that are in place.
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Kramer - 4/24/2014 4:15 PM
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who's afraid of the Big Bad green Monster? city won't say,, joe says "no worries"

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