With the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures, the melting snow sometimes reveals a season’s worth of debris or litter. Each spring, the City provides a grace period to provide property owners with time to clean up their properties before receiving a citation.
A grace period for violations of the Trash Ordinance (Chapter 15A of the City of Kalamazoo’s Code of Ordinances) will be in effect through Sunday, April 14. Starting on Monday, April 15, the City of Kalamazoo will begin citing properties that are in violation of the ordinance.
Owners of both residential and commercial property within the City of Kalamazoo are required to keep properties trash-free throughout the year. The Trash Ordinance states, “…All garbage must be stored in a watertight container that is constructed of metal, plastic or other durable material impervious to rodents, has a tight-fitting lid or cover, and is capable of being serviced without creating unsanitary conditions. …”
Violators of this ordinance will receive a written citation allowing 10 days for clean-up and a $77 fine. If clean up does not occur within 10 days, a crew will be dispatched to clean up the property on behalf of the owner. The property owner will then be billed for the cost of this effort.
The City of Kalamazoo encourages everyone to take advantage of the grace period to avoid fines and other frustrations, and to take a proactive approach to keeping our community clean and inviting for the people who live, learn, work, play and visit in our City.