Missing garbage cans not chronic issue in Bexley

CHRIS BOURNEA
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Despite several residents who filed police reports in mid-August reporting the theft of their city-issued garbage cans, that particular property crime is not widespread in Bexley, said Andy Bashore, the city's service director.

If residents do need to replace their garbage cans, he said, there are several options.

When residents have difficulty finding their garbage cans, most likely it's an instance of Rumpke Waste & Recycling, the company the city contracts with to collect refuse and recyclable items, inadvertently placing the can in a neighbor's yard, Bashore said.

"I have heard a lot, 'I can't find my trash can,' " he said. "Then a couple days later, they find that Rumpke just put it down in the wrong driveway."

Between Aug. 16 and 19, three residents on three streets -- Cassingham Road, Chelsea Avenue and Columbus Avenue -- filed police reports stating their garbage cans had been stolen. Bashore said he is unaware of an incident in recent years in which the can was not recovered shortly after a resident reported it missing.

"We haven't had a case where it didn't turn up a few days later," he said.

In the event a resident is unable to locate a garbage can and needs to replace it or would like to order an additional garbage can or recycling container, they can order 36-, 48- or 96-gallon containers from the city's service department by calling 614-559-4220, Bashore said.

They also can buy garbage and recycling containers that are compatible with the city-issued containers from any retail outlet.

For more information, go to bexley.org/service-department.

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