Stir It Up

D.C. not just talk when it comes to trash

August 15, 2011

D.C. sanitation officials have been handing out tickets for garbage bags left curbside on collection days, citing rat control efforts. "Our rental house at on 27th Street received two $75 fines for trash bags left at property, on trash days, but not enclosed in a container, citing that bags only are rat bait," said one Georgetowner.

The fine is $75 for the first violation, with fines of up to $500 for repeat offenses.  Multi-unit buildings can be fined as much as $1,500.  As of Aug. 15, the D.C. sanitation department has new 32-gallon trash cans in stock (standard issue for twice weekly collection).  Call 311 or send an e-mail to dpw@dc.com, or go to the dc.gov website.  Deliveries of new trashcans are made in two to three weeks, and if the resident has one on order, the household reportedly will not incur any fines while waiting for the container.  Payment for cans ($45 for either trash or recycling) must be made within 10 days of placing the request, or the order will not be filled.  Once you receive the container, put the address on the side and top and record the container’s serial number in your records.

Some residents have used containers other than those supplied by the city, with mixed results. "I know people have had these 'personal' cans taken along with the trash!" said one Villager. 

To order a 32-gallon city-issued container:  Call 311, go to DPW's website or e-mail dpw@dc.gov


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Crazed cab crashes along P Street

August 8, 2011

An out-of-control cab careened down P Street, hitting a pick-up truck, knocking over a city tree, and landing on a brick retaining wall, inches from a townhouse.
 
The incident happened just before 1:00
A tree was collateral as the cab keeled (Photo by: Page Evans) A tree was collateral as the cab keeled
p.m. across from Rose Park in the East Village. The owner of the P Street house got a call from a friend, describing what had happened.
 
“By the time I got home, I was happy to see the police were already on the scene.” She said she was shocked to see the cab so close to her house, but glad no one was hurt.
 
“The driver seemed disoriented,” the homeowner said. “I asked him if he needed some water, but he said he was fine.”
 
An antique car parked on P Street was also damaged in the accident.
 
 
 
Police parked after the commotion (Photo by: Page Evans) Police parked after the commotion
A tree was in the crazed cab's crosshairs (Photo by: Judith Beermann) A tree was in the crazed cab's crosshairs


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Toyota burns on K Street, causing snarl

August 7, 2011

On Friday night a Toyota caught fire near K Street and 27th NW just before 6:00 pm at the height of the evening rush hour.  The D.C. Fire Department arrived a few minutes later and quickly extinguished the flames. No one was hurt. By 6:30 D.C. officials had towed the burned car and re-opened the intersection.

Georgetown ANC Commissioner Bill Starrels happened to drive by and called 911 after seeing flames.  Starrels said, "DCFD and MPD did an excellent job, very efficient, and we're all happy that no one was injured."

DCFD arrives on the scene (Photo by: Bill Starrels) DCFD arrives on the scene

Even with quick action by D.C. officials, traffic backed up significantly on K Street (Photo by: Bill Starrels) Even with quick action by D.C. officials, traffic backed up significantly on K Street


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