It’s Up to You, Householder, To Tidy Up Camden’s Streets

Householders in Camden could aid Commissioner Frank J. Hartmann to keep the streets clean if they would avoid depositing garbage and ashes in flimsy containers which easily can be knocked over, causing the contents to be strewn over the street.

Hartmann Points to Widespread Laxity in Aiding Removal of Garbage, Trash; There’s a Law Against It, Too

This is the second of & series of articles showing how co-operation of Camden citizens in ash and garbage disposal can improve the condition of the city’s streets.


“Have you noticed the careless manner in which many Camden housekeepers put out their ashes and rubbish?” asked Commissioner Frank J. Hartmann, director of public works.

“Just take a look at the curbs before the city collectors make their rounds to remove it. You’ll find peach baskets filled to the brim with a combination of ashes, food, bottles and cans. Often the ashes spill out onto the pavement through the sides of the container. Sometimes light cardboard boxes have broken under the weight of the contents, papers blow away over the pavement when a sudden gust of wind blows. Piles of trash, often either loosely wrapped or wrapped not at all, are dumped at the curb line where they are scattered by dogs and scavengers or kicked by children playing in the street.

“Imagine a visitor from some other city driving along such a street. What must he think of a populace which permits this condition to exist. It’s not a very good advertisement for Camden when the visitor sees untidy masses of trash spilled all over the streets.

“But how could this condition be remedied? It’s really simple. A little care by each householder, in co-operation with the city garbage collectors would end these eyesores.

The city ordinance regulating the collection, removal and disposal of ashes, rubbish and garbage defines “ashes” as the residue of coal or other fuel; “garbage” as organic ‘waste such as meat, fat bones, fish, fruit and vegetables, and “rubbish” as inorganic waste, such as sweepings, food containers of wood, paper or glass, oyster or clam shells and such other domestic refuse which will burn, as well as refuse such as metal, glass or crockery not used as food containers,

Onus on Householder

Section 6 of the ordinance provides that:

“Each and every owner, tenant, housekeeper or other person or per sons occupying any dwelling shall properly provide for such removal by using three receptacles for the separation of such refuse; one for ashes, one for garbage and one for rubbish material, and each such receptacle shall be used, only for the accumulations of the class of refuse for which It was primarily intended.”

Section 7 provides that:

“The filled receptacles shall be of such weight as can be easily handled by one man and shall not weigh over 50 pounds. The receptacle in which the garbage accumulations are deposited shall be a metallic water tight vessel.”

Other Regulations, Too

Further regulations in Section 8 provide that:

“The receptacles in which the rubbish materials are deposited shall be similar to the receptacles for ashes, but where the rubbish is of such a nature that it cannot be deposited in a receptacle, it must be securely bundled in such a manner as to permit of easy handling and to prevent the contents of the same from being scattered. “

Commissioner Hartmann said he believed much of the difficulties en countered by the city in collecting refuse was due to the fact that some householders were unfamiliar with the regulations.

“They are quite simple and not meant to work a hardship on any of our citizens,” Hartmann said, “‘but if they were followed by more people our task of keeping the streets clean would be made a great deal easier and Camden would become a more attractive place in which to live.

Blames City Also

“While I am speaking of the cooperation asked of the householders, I do not forget that the city has been doing its part in making the streets dirty.

“Often the collectors are careless in attaching the canvas tarpaulins which are to be placed over tile refuse after it is collected in the trucks. As a result many times these coverings flap in the wind when the trucks move and ashes, garbage and papers fall out, littering the streets. However, we are trying to remedy this situation and I will inform the city employees engaged in these collections that they must co-operate in seeing that the refuse is not spilled after it is placed on the trucks.

Tomorrow’s article will show how more co-operation by housekeepers would be of real financial benefit to the city.


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