View Full Version : Litter Pickup

08-24-2005, 10:24 PM
I mow our local park it is where all the young kids and even some adults hang out at night, what ever is in their hand goes right on the ground beer bottle soda bottle napkins anything goes they usually just toss them over in the park and they bust glass is everywhere i always pick it up and never say anything but today was awfull ! we picked up 4, 35 gallon bags of trash should i tack on about 30$ a bag or just take it with part of the job adn what would i do if while trimming got a piece of glass in me or one of my employees i shouldnt have to pay for my towns lack of pride :realmad: :realmad:

08-24-2005, 10:32 PM
Mow around it for a week, show them the results and offer to continue picking up for _____ amount of money.

all ferris
08-24-2005, 10:33 PM
this should be reflected in your original bid

green thum
08-24-2005, 10:36 PM
I agree this should have been covered in the original bid.but we all know hindsight is 20/20 right?

08-24-2005, 10:40 PM
early in the mowing season there is little league baseball there and they keep a close eye on the park plus the coaches and kids pickup the trash after their games now it looks like the city dump

08-24-2005, 10:45 PM
one of the reasons why we quit doing city parks

08-24-2005, 10:58 PM
We do the major mall in our area.... We found the worst thing ever for garbage pickup is kleenex's...

For some stupid reason kids, or moron adults take full boxes of kleenex's and just throw them everywhere... Such a PITA.

08-25-2005, 12:47 AM
as long as it wont screw up your mower i would just go right over it and pretend its not even there....

08-25-2005, 02:31 AM
as long as it wont screw up your mower i would just go right over it and pretend its not even there....

yeah lol, i cut many tiny city lawns, the 34" 15hp mower eats stuff up and throws it 5 yards over, lol i could care less, they want to live in a dump thats their problem, beer bottles etc, i run that **** right over, you barely hear the glass crack the blades hit stuff so fast, just shaters into bits. leave it up to them to have the dumpy yards. Ive hit bongs, wine bottles, 40oz budweisers, mary jane wrappers, small batteries lol

08-25-2005, 02:42 AM
It is the client's job to pay you if you clean up their property, you don't wear it, they do....try to negotiate with them.

if successful, great.

if not, simply use the discharge air from your deck to move things movable, so technically you missed no grass but the trash is still there.

I do parks too, my worse factor is builders rubbish blowing onto the parks from close by developments, but I'm not paid to pick it up, so I blow it aside and keep going.

you can only do what your paid to do, your not a charity....

and be careful if you do pick up trash, gloves, plus get your hep b shots, no maybe, do it!

08-25-2005, 02:43 PM
How many trash barrels are available around there? I know it sounds far fetched. Even though you will always have people littering, if you have barrels around (ENOUGH to make it easy for people to reach), they WILL use them. This will cut down the litter considerably. We've done this on a FEW sites with great success. Believe it or not, the green "Pitch In" stickers have an effect, to. There is a subliminal message there that reflects on people.

08-26-2005, 12:11 AM
Make some money on that trash. Have local businesses pay you to put their name and ad on garbage barrels in the park. Runner is right if there are barrels there people for the most part will use them.

08-26-2005, 12:23 AM
I Dont Think It Is Our Responsibility To Pick Up After These People But Putting Trash Cans Up Is Not Going To Stop A Drunk From Throwing His Beer Can Down Or A Kid Throwing Down A Peace Of Paper Some People Just Dont Care !

08-26-2005, 12:39 AM
I Dont Think It Is Our Responsibility To Pick Up After These People
It depends on what your contract says whether your responsible or not. It should also state the cost associated with the responsibility. If its not in the contract then you can mow around it which might put you in breech of the contract and face the loss of the job plus associated cost that are incurred if you are found in breech. Or you could just get a bad rep for shoddy work by mowing around it. If you do not have an additional cost written in the contract for picking up litter, Good luck trying to add one in the middle of the season.
CONTRACTS protect both parties and spell out exactly what is to be done and for how much, and when it is to be paid.

08-26-2005, 12:45 AM
i have what you could call an open contract. asked the guy who done it last year and he didnt even have a contract, he did say he charged them extra for the pick up though

08-26-2005, 12:50 AM
Well there you go charge for pick up