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City of Lancaster Implements New Trash Policies

By: Josh Messerly
News & Production Director
Updated: July 18, 2018

They are big, blue and plastic. For many, the new city-owned toters or wheeled trash receptacles have already arrived at Lancaster residences.

As the city rolls out a revamped trash collection program, the final piece of legislation was approved by Lancaster City Council Monday night. The so-called “no trash left behind” ordinance passed 7-1. 

It requires residents to place all trash in a receptacle or pay a $10 fine after the second violation.

The city provides one trash toter per residence for free, but charges a one-time $25 fee if a second toter is needed.  That was a sticking point for Councilmember Mike Fracassa, who opposed the ordinance.

“I thought we should have done a comprehensive program,” Fracassa said. “We should have had recycling involved. There should have been other things involved, rather than just penalize those who happen to have bigger families.”

Residents can use their own trash cart as a second receptacle if it’s inspected and approved by the sanitation department. Anyone who needs more than one unit also must pay an additional $3 monthly fee.

“It’s going pretty good,” said Lancaster Sanitation Department Superintendent Bill Burrows. “We’ve got about two-thirds of the city covered already.  A lot of people are wanting to change or want to add an extra toter to their house. We’ve got about 400 of those to do.”

The number one question asked by residents is where to place their new toter? Burrows said put it in the same place you always have, whether that is on the curb or by an alley.

Some older neighborhoods will require a different approach for pickup.

“The older parts of the city…we will probably continue to pick those up the way we are now with a regular garbage truck, with a toter tipper on the back of it,” Burrows said.

The new trash toters will allow the city to buy new trucks that pick up trash with a side-arm, allowing one person to run a route. Eventually Burrows would like to buy smaller side-arm trucks for older parts of the city.

One more big change with the new trash policy is the pickup of yard waste. The city will begin composting all yard waste locally and will need you to use biodegradable paper bags or tie it up in bundles. All yard waste also must be separated from trash and must be placed at the curb for pickup on trash day.

While it was offered in the 1990’s, recycling pickup is not part of the city’s new trash ordinance. 

There will be a grace period for implementing the new policies, but an exact start date is unknown. Right now, that’s believed to be a few months away.  If you have any questions, contact the Lancaster Sanitation Department at (740) 687-6660.


Additional Notes:

  • All toters are expected to be distributed by August 3rd. If you do not get a new toter by that date, contact the Sanitation Department.
  • If you have an old trash can you would like to get rid of, place it out on your trash day with a sign that says “please take can.”
  • To qualify for a senior rate, a household must have no more than two residents, both age 62 or older.
  • Those paying a regular rate will receive a 95 gallon toter and those paying a senior rate will pay a 35-gallon toter.


How does Lancaster’s sanitation fees compare to other cities?

We checked with a few neighboring cities that still have sanitation departments. Many nearby communities have reached contracts with private companies to provide trash service to residents. Here’s how Lancaster compares to others…

Monthly Service Senior Service Toter provided Bulk pickup
LANCASTER $13.50 $9 Yes – 1st Free, 2nd $25 +$3 monthly Yes – $25


Free N/A Yes – Free Yes – Free
ZANESVILLE $22 $10.50 No Yes – 2 items per week (Free)


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Schedules for Local Outdoor Concerts 

Now that warmer weather is here, it’s time to get out and enjoy an outdoor concert! There are plenty of options to do so thanks to Lancaster Parks & Recreation and Pickerington Parks & Recreation. Check out the links below to find out the concert schedule and more details

Lancaster Parks – Friday Night Bandstand Schedule

Pickerington Parks – Summer Concert Series Schedule

Boy named honorary Pickerington Police Chief 


The City of Pickerington had a new Police Chief on March 5th, just for one day. That was the day 7 year-old Deany Bandavanis was named honorary police Chief. He and his older brother, Keller, got to ride in a cruiser, look inside a helicopter, play with a K9 and check out the inside of a SWAT truck. He even handcuffed a “bad guy”!

The “Police Chief for a Day” honor came one day after Deany celebrated his 7th birthday and comes as he continues to battle Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. DIPG is a rare tumor that starts on the stem of the brain and has no known cure.

Deany, however, has been receiving treatments in Mexico. His mom, Ashley, says Deany is doing really well with treatments and soon will outpace a twelve month prognosis given by doctors. Cost for his medical treatments are also a financial burden for his family, as fundraisers and online donations are helping to defray some of those costs. You can learn more about Deany’s progress by visiting the “Deany Strong” page on Facebook (see link below).

Help with Medical Expenses here

Visit the Deany Strong Facebook page

Caring for Kevin

Earlier this year, Kevin Cyphert had emergency surgery for a malignant brain tumor. Neurosurgeons were able to remove half of it. Kevin was given less than a year to live and will undergo radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

He and his fiance, Ashton, were to get married on March 10, but have delayed that and money spent on the venue are non-refundable.  The family has set up a Go Fund Me account to raise funds for his medical bills. If you are unable to give, the family also is asking for prayers. You can also keep up with his progress on a special Facebook page.

Go Fund Me page for donations

 Caring for Kevin Facebook page

Buckeye Lake Dam Information Links


Courtesy: ODNR

Courtesy: ODNR

Complete Report by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Summary of Report from Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Information on Buckeye Lake

 VIDEO: Buckeye Lake Public Meeting at Liberty Center 3/17/15

 ODNR Issues New Boating Rules for Buckeye Lake

Silverloade Consulting Economic Impact Study

Buckeye Lake Update and Dam Design Plans 7/16/15

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