Scott Bloom, the new president of the Winnemac Park Advisory Council, ticked through a list of the reinvigorated organization’s early accomplishments at this week’s meeting of Winnemac Park Neighbors. “One of our immediate goals was to get more trash cans,” said Bloom. “That took five weeks.”
Yet residents noted that even with a beefed up number of receptacles, garbage is still overflowing in the park. What gives?
Blame it on the grid.
Coincidentally, Charles Daas, newly-named executive director of the Ravenswood Community Council, was also on hand to present at the meeting and had light to shed on the subject, having recently spoken with the folks at Streets and Sanitation. With the switch to the new grid-based system for garbage collection, Daas explained, trash in the 47th Ward is picked up on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. In other words, there’s no pick up in the ward from Saturday through Wednesday.
Ever seen a park, or a public square, after a weekend of heavy use? Yeah, that’s a load of rubbish.
“We are beginning to negotiate with Streets and San through our SSA to pick up on Monday,” said Daas, who added that leaders of other community organizations are likely holding similar conversations.
In the meantime, if you’re heading to the park, BYOGB. Bring your own garbage bag.
47th Ward Grid Garbage PickUp