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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2009 Archives > December 2009 > Garbage Tote Waiver Option For Eligible Senior Citizens And Disabled Reside

Garbage Tote Waiver Option For Eligible Senior Citizens And Disabled Residents

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
              716-851-4841 
                                                                                   

Senior or disabled citizens may now keep their garbage totes in the front of their property

Due to the fact that senior citizens and disabled individuals have difficulty moving their totes in the snow, Mayor Brown has endorsed the implementation of a “Garbage Tote Waiver” by the Department of Public Works.  Difficulties include physical limitations or lack of space on certain properties.  This waiver will provide eligible citizens with the opportunity to receive a sticker, which will allow them to keep their tote in the front of their buildings, away from the curb, instead of having to move it to the back of their residence. 

Waivers may be obtained by filling out a designated request form, which is available through the Department of Citizens Services, Room 218 in City Hall, or by calling the 311 Call Center.  Proof of permanent disability, age of over 65, or lack of space on property is required for the waiver.  This will ensure that all those who are eligible and in need of a tote sticker will receive this waiver and privilege, provided that they are approved.  The Garbage Tote Waiver mandates that totes be kept in front areas of properties, away from the curb.  As a result, trash pick-up, snow removal, parking, and driving will continue to operate smoothly and effectively.

This is an effort by Mayor Brown to help improve the quality of life for Buffalo elderly and handicapped residents.  Presently, City ordinance necessitates that all garbage receptacles be stored in the rear of any property, or at a minimum of ten feet from the building.