Lake Saint Louis residents now will have to have their own garbageman to come pick up their trash.
The city’s Board of Aldermen approved a bill at their Aug. 15 meeting that will require residents and businesses to hire a solid waste collection contractor authorized and licensed by the city.
Businesses and residents who already have permission to dispose their trash in other ways or at other places will be grandfathered in and allowed to keep the same arrangement, said City Administrator Paul Markworth.
Markworth said that previously, residents and businesses came to the city with requests for a variance from hiring a solid waste collector because they could dispose their trash elsewhere – perhaps at a business dumpster or employer’s office or with someone who doesn’t live in the city. The process required requests in writing and administration became complicated, he said.
With the change, there will be no new exceptions.
“City-approved solid waste collection is mandatory for all dwellings,” the ordinance states.
The city will know, because the city solid waste contractors will notify the city of any resident who cancels or has their service suspended. The city will notify occupants in writing that service has to be resumed with seven days or face a violation notice.
Apartments and businesses will also be required to “provide for collection of all solid waste produced upon such premises.”