Georgetown to enforce new, stricter trash and recycling policies for townhouses

A few months after neighbors got so fed up with off-campus students’ trash that they started clandestinely taking photos of violations and submitting them to D.C. trash inspectors (and after the issue was raised in meetings about Georgetown’s ten-year plan), the University has announced new, stricter policies for trash and recycling for students living in Georgetown-owned townhouses.

In an email sent out last night to students who will be living in townhouses this year, Patrick Lukingbeal, the Hall Director for Village B and the townhouses, wrote that residents will be required to abide by D.C. trash and recycling ordinances, as well as the University’s requirements.

Students living on the 1400 block of 36th Street and the north side of the 3600 block of Prospect Street have been given two new dumpsters and thus are “not permitted to place trash and recycling on the street.” Students living in other townhouses were informed of the trash collection schedule and how long they are allowed to leave their cans out before and after trash pick-up.

While asking students to abide by D.C. law isn’t anything revolutionary, the email makes it seem that Georgetown will be upping its efforts to sanction violators. In addition to occasional visits from D.C. trash inspectors (prompted by neighbors’ complaints), students living off-campus will also be subject to fines and punishment from University officials who will be doing “on-going walkthroughs”:

As a service to the residential community, University staff does on-going walkthroughs outside of student houses to ensure that the residents are in compliance with the City and University regulations. If University staff deems the trash situation at a house unsatisfactory, all residents of the house may be found responsible for a Category A violation of the University’s Code of Student Conduct …

First Violation: $50 fine per resident+ 5 work sanction hours per resident
Second Violation: $100 fine per resident+ 10 work sanction hours per resident + Housing Probation
Third Violation: $150 fine per resident + Apartment Living Suspension

Read the full email after the jump!

Hello and welcome to the Townhouses!

The Office of Residence Life wants to make you aware of new protocol and policies around trash disposal in the university townhouses. I apologize for the length of this e-mail, but a few things have changed. You will recieve this information several times at the beginning of the year, so please let me know if you have questions.

In an effort to make trash disposal and recycling more convenient for our townhouses, the University has implemented new services and policies related to trash disposal and recycling. While making trash disposal more convenient and increasing recycling opportunities, these efforts should assist in rodent control in the neighborhood and around campus.

Students living on the west side of the 1400 block of 36th Street (1408 36th St. to 1440 36th St.) and on the north side of the 3600 block of Prospect Street (3605 Prospect St. to 3623 Prospect St.) will be able to take both their trash and recycling to two new dumpster/ recycling locations. These new locations will provide students with on-going access to both trash and recycling areas.

Students living on the 1400 block of 36th Street have both trash and recycling in the alley and dumpsters located behind the 1400 block townhouses. Students living on the north side of the 3600 block of Prospect Street can find their trash and recycling to the alley and dumpsters located behind Prospect Street. Since students living on the 1400 block of 36th Street and students on the 3600 block of Prospect Street are able to use the dumpsters and recycling location at any time, these two areas are not permitted to place trash and recycling on the street. Residential students living in these areas who place trash and recycling on the street are subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
Students living in other University-owned townhouses (37th Street, N St., O St., and other locations on 36th Street and Prospect St.) must follow Washington DC’s trash and recycling ordinances. Residents are responsible for following both University and City requirements for trash and recycling disposal.

Department of Public Works (DPW) trash pick up is on Tuesdays and Fridays. Trash cans may not be placed on the street until 6:30 PM on Monday and Thursday evenings. City regulations require all trash cans must be picked up off the streets by 8:00 PM on Tuesday and Friday evenings. Recycling is picked up only on Fridays. If a holiday occurs on a Monday or Tuesday, pickup will be on Wednesday. If a holiday occurs on a Friday, pickup will be made on Saturday. See http://www.dpw.dc.gov for the holiday schedule for 2009-10.

Due to the unsightliness of the trash cans and there ability to attract rodents if trash is present, trash cans must be removed from the street and are not permitted in any location on the street or the steps of the townhouse. Trash must be placed in bags and a lid must fit tightly on the trash can. If you have additional trash, please use any of the central trash locations in the alley on Prospect St., the Alumni Square trash area located near N St., or the alley behind the north end of 36th St. Overflow items may also be put in a paper bag and placed next to the trashcan (no plastic bags, please). If trash was not picked up by DPW, the resident is still responsible for removing the trashcan from the street by 8:00 PM. Community expectations also mean that residents should do their part to keep the street clean by their townhouse and pick up any trash found in front of their townhouse.

If you do not have a trashcan, please contact Patrick Lukingbeal at pll8@georgetown.edu or 687-6742 for information on how to receive a trashcan.
Note: D.C.’s Dept of Public Works also issues trash citations, for which you will also be held financially responsible.

Trash Violation Sanctions
As a service to the residential community, University staff does on-going walkthroughs outside of student houses to ensure that the residents are in compliance with the City and University regulations. If University staff deems the trash situation at a house unsatisfactory, all residents of the house may be found responsible for a Category A violation of the University’s Code of Student Conduct. Below are general sanctions that will be imposed for violations. The University reserves the right to alter the sanctions based on the severity of the situation or other circumstances.
First Violation: $50 fine per resident+ 5 work sanction hours per resident
Second Violation: $100 fine per resident+ 10 work sanction hours per resident + Housing Probation
Third Violation: $150 fine per resident + Apartment Living Suspension

We look forward to talking with each of you about these new policies. Please let me know if you have questions!

Patrick Lukingbeal
Hall Director, Alumni Square & Townhouses

3 Comments on “Georgetown to enforce new, stricter trash and recycling policies for townhouses

  1. I’m all for responsible student habits.

    Next up: 61Ds issued for trash violations.

    As an aside, I’ve never really understand the impetus for using volunteer work as punishment. And where do the funds paid for fines go?

  2. Well, I normally disagree with most things the school does to enforce town-gown relations, but this isn’t too bad. Especially if they waive the fine for first-time offenders; I think it will scare people into compliance.

    I mean, I’d *definitely* make sure to put out the trash with that hanging over me, and it’s honestly not that strenuous an activity to do.

    My only concern would be what a Category A violation will show on the student’s record, i.e. when applying to graduate schools.

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