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Recycling Trucks and small chards of glass

Old 02-17-15, 09:43 AM
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Recycling Trucks and small shards of glass

Does anyone else have a problem where they live with recycling trucks dropping small shards of glass onto the right side of the roadway and in the bike lanes? I live in Cape Coral, Florida and the recycling trucks that pick up your recyclable items which include certain types of glass drops small shards of glass, the type that cause road bike flat tires on the roadways and the bike lanes. I have written the Mayor of Cape Coral and am waiting for a reply back hoping that the mayor will get with the waste management company with the contract. The waste management company needs to seal the waste holding area of their recycling trucks so that they stop dropping these harmful shards of glass onto the roadways.

In Florida it is against the law to allow to be placed upon any street or highway an injurious substance and glass is one of the items listed in the statute that I have posted below:

316.2035 Injurious substances prohibited; dragging vehicle or load; obstructing, digging, etc.—
(1) It is unlawful to place or allow to be placed upon any street or highway any tacks, wire, scrap metal, glass, crockery, or other substance which may be injurious to the feet of persons or animals or to the tires of vehicles or in any way injurious to the road.
(2) It is unlawful to allow any vehicle or contrivance or any part of same, or any load or portion of a load carried on the same, to drag upon any street or highway.
(3) It is unlawful to obstruct, dig up, or in any way disturb any street or highway. However, this subsection shall not be construed so as to hinder or prevent the installation or replacement of any utilities in accordance with the provisions of law now existing or that may hereafter be enacted.
(4) It is unlawful for any vehicle to be equipped with any solid tires or any airless-type tire on any motor-driven vehicle when operated upon a highway.
(5) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable pursuant to chapter 318 as either a nonmoving violation for infractions of subsection (1) or subsection (3) or as a moving violation for infractions of subsection (2) or subsection (4).
History.—s. 1, ch. 71-135; s. 1, ch. 76-31; s. 157, ch. 99-248.
Note.—Former s. 316.104.

What have others been able to do regarding this problem?

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Are you talking about city recycling trucks going house to house, or something else? We have those here but they don't litter any broken glass that I've noticed. It might be a matter of the type of truck or bin chosen. We have trash cans the same as regular ones and the recycling trucks are just trash trucks painted blue.

Still, I think your best cheap option is some tougher tires. If you can spare it, it might be an opportunity to play with tubeless.
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Squeaky wheel gets the grease. Be the squeaky wheel. The chief problem dealing with city hall is that you have to have the patience of Job and the persistence of a saint as well, but you can make it happen.

It's "shard" by the way.
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My bad on the word, TrojanHorse, and yes Darth Lefty they are the trucks that go house to house. Cape Coral is a pretty friendly city when it comes to bicycles in they are adding bike lanes as they can and even hold an annual event called Tour de Cape I think it is called. I do not ride in the event but the city does try to help bicyclists. We have the large wheeled trash cans that hold recyclable items and the trucks lift them up and over the top into the holding area of the truck.
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Originally Posted by Domane
My bad on the word, TrojanHorse, and yes Darth Lefty they are the trucks that go house to house. Cape Coral is a pretty friendly city when it comes to bicycles in they are adding bike lanes as they can and even hold an annual event called Tour de Cape I think it is called. I do not ride in the event but the city does try to help bicyclists. We have the large wheeled trash cans that hold recyclable items and the trucks lift them up and over the top into the holding area of the truck.
No worries. Cities everywhere else seem to be able to successfully use those large wheeled cans without creating hazards, I'm not sure why Cape Coral is having trouble. While you're waiting for the mayor, see if you can track down the city manager and see if he or she can point you in the right direction. Send a letter to the waste company as well. Contact some local bike shops and see if they have the same concerns you do and orchestrate a letter writing campaign. The more the merrier, and it's highly likely your town management has open meetings at least once a month that you can attend and voice your concerns. Again, the more the merrier.
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