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Feed the rats, pay “the man”.

January 17, 2012

Photo credit Anthony Delmundo, NY Daily News

I am copying this from an email sent by the Charles Village Civic Association’s president. As you can see, our area will be targeted for special enforcement of the sanitation laws. If you get caught improperly disposing of your household trash, it is going to cost you $$$. Your land lord will get the fine from the city and, by law, he or she has the right to pass the costs on to you. If you need help cleaning up a current sanitation problem or need assistance in purchasing new trash cans and/or tight fitting lids, please call or email me.


City of Baltimore citations will be given to households that put trash out improperly.

Trash and Garbage are Causing an Explosion in the Rat Population!

. . . and . . .Rats are a serious health hazard.  If everyone follows the rules, we will have a cleaner, healthier neighborhood for you and your family.

This is the warning: starting in early February, Baltimore City Targeted Sanitation Enforcement will resume in our neighborhood.  Everyone must follow the City’s Sanitation Laws or risk getting a citation.  The law says:

·        You Must use Durable Trash Cans with Tight Fitting Lids.

·        *Do not store trash in bags, do not put trash out in bags–this feeds rats. *

·        Never pile bags on the corner or the end of the alley.

·        Put out no more than 3 (32 gal) cans per address.

·        Put cans out between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. the night before collection.

·        Do not block alleys and sidewalks with your cans.

·        Keep sidewalks, gutters and alleys at front/back of your house trash free.

·        Violations can cost as much as $500 per citation.

Call 311 for bulk trash pickup and for general information.

**You can drop bulk items, trash and recycling at the Northwest Sanitation Yard, 2840 Sisson Street:  Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. **

For more info call 410 235-4411 the Charles Village Community Benefits District.

Tell your neighbors and spread the word­­ so nobody gets a citation.

* yes, use trash bags, but put the trash bags IN a trash can with a tight fitting lid. Do not put trash bags outside without putting them in a can. Do not put loose trash in trash cans; you must use a bag.

** I can help you with taking items to the local dump station. 

Please help me spread the word about this. Share this link, retweet it, pass it on to your neighbors. Together, we can lower the rat population in our area AND avoid paying some pretty severe fines.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. slewbdoo permalink
    April 10, 2012 6:21 pm

    Do you know about apartment buildings with dumpsters? The dumpster for mine is constantly overflowing and if you look out at night you can see the ever growing family of rats climbing in & out & back to live under my building. I have contacted the landlord/mgmt company & they seem unconcerned.
    Should I call 311 & report this (potential health?) problem? Will the city slap the apt building owner w/ a fine?

    • April 10, 2012 9:20 pm

      Yes, you can call 311 to report the issue. They will fine the owners if they find a violation. If the building is close to campus, you could also email me the specifics and I can try contacting the owners or management. The relatively simple solution might be to add an extra pick up day. You can find my email in the “contact me” page.

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