Northfield residents with physical disabilities receiving special refuse hauling service must reconfirm their eligibility to continue to receive it in 2013.
The refuse contract with Waste Management and Dick's Sanitation, Inc., which will take over service on Jan. 1, dictates that Northfield residents with physical disabilities—that are confirmed with a written doctor's note—are eligible for "special service."
According to the contract, "Persons with physical disabilities, which prohibit the placement of garbage, refuse, organic food/wet waste, recyclables and yard waste containers curbside must be allowed to make special pick-up arrangements with the contractor at no added cost to the customer, provided they have a signed statement of need from their physician."
That means that the trash hauler—if the resident qualifies and so desires—must wheel trash bins from the property out to the street for pickup, and then return them to their customary spot at those homes.
Waste Management collected a list of about 200 households that require such special pick up, but recently "stated an unwillingness to provide this information to the City so that it can be passed to DSI," the city's new hauler, a city press release said.
So, Northfield residents seeking to continue special pick-up service must provide the City of Northfield with a new and current statement from their doctor that confirms their disability, and then the city will pass the information to DSI.
For more information, residents may contact Public Works Director/City Engineer Joe Stapf at 507-645-3020.
"The City of Northfield and Dick's Sanitation apologizes for the inconvenience brought about by this unfortunate decision by Waste Management," the release said.
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