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Seasonal information

Seasonal maintenance information

Transport of tree leaves

Tree leaves are taken away free of charge from those immovable properties that feature city trees growing on the cleaning area of individual residential buildings.

Leaves that have been gathered into bin bags will be taken away from particular streets according to schedule. The environmental authority would like to remind owners of immovable properties that it is not allowed to put municipal waste, apples, twigs and other garden waste into bin bags designed for leaves.

Leaves that you have raked up from your property can be taken to waste disposal stations (located at Turu 49, telephone 742 1398 and Jaama 72c, telephone 1919). Biodegradable garden waste can be handed over for a fee. One producer can deposit up to one car trailer full of biodegradable garden waste. In case of larger quantities, take your garden waste to the compost field at the Aardlapalu reloading station (telephone 1919 or 738 6712).

Photo: Meelis Lokk
Photo: Meelis Lokk

Floods

The Rescue Board advises all homeowners who live in the flood risk area to seal all air openings, doors and windows in their basement in such a way that prevents water from getting inside. It is also a good idea to place any belongings in the basement on a higher level. Call the emergency number 112 when dealing with a life-threatening situation or if you need emergency assistance to save your belongings.

It is possible to turn to companies specialised in water supply and drainage to pump out surface and rainwater. The emergency telephone number of AS Tartu Veevärk is 736 2600.

Photo: Sirje Tagel
Photo: Sirje Tagel

Snow removal

Salted sand containers

There are 96 containers with salted sand around Tartu (300 l each) containing a 9% mixture of salt and sand.

Please note: once the melting process is complete, the mixture of salted sand and snow should immediately be cleaned up from footpaths and deposited into whales.

Report empty containers to Tartu Homeowners Association (Tartu Majaomanike Ühing):
telephone 553 6111, e-mail veerasirg@hot.ee.

Ensuring the safety of roofs

It is necessary to remove snow from the roofs of buildings in due time to ensure safety.

The following requirements must be met when removing snow:

  • Think about whether it is absolutely necessary to climb on the roof to remove snow or if it could be done differently, for example, with the help of a ladder.
  • Before going on the roof, identify places that impose a risk of falling through the roof (such as skylights and fragile roofing materials that cannot support the weight of a person).
  • If you do not have proper safety equipment or other tools necessary for ensuring occupational safety, it is recommended to use the services of a professional snow removal company.
  • Consider weather conditions when going on the roof. Ice, heavy snowfall and wind can considerably increase the risk of falling.
  • If there are no rooftop walkways or ladders on the roof, it is advisable to install such solutions for safe movement. If possible, install temporary fences at the edges of the roof.
  • Do not let snow or ice fall; refrain from depositing it onto lower buildings. Install snowstoppers on roofs to prevent snow and ice from slipping down.
  • If snow is thrown into the movement area of people and vehicles, then said area must be surrounded with safety tape during work.
  • Make sure that tools do not fall off or get thrown off the roof during work.
  • Avoid melting snow and ice with chemical substances or technologies that could damage the roof or gutters.
  • Use appropriate tools to remove snow and ice so as not to damage the roof (or its cover) that may be more breakable due to frost.

If the owner of the building ignores their liabilities, they can be penalised with a fine of up to 300 fine units for natural persons and up to €32,000 for legal persons.

Snow and icicle removers from roofs and piping companies (in estonian)

Photo: Juhan Voolaid
Photo: Juhan Voolaid

Use of barbecue equipment and making campfires

Please note: waste handling rules for the City of Tartu set out that it is not permitted to burn waste materials within the city without permission. Only non-impregnated and unpainted wood and non-laminated waste paper can be burned in heating chambers without permission. Leaves and twigs are also considered waste and it is not permitted to burn them in a fire. Pursuant to law, burning dead grass is forbidden all year round.

Barbecuing is allowed in the city. Use of barbecue equipment is subject to the same safety requirements that apply to campfires. It is not permitted to barbecue in places where safety standards or requirements set out in legislation or public orders are not met. For example, if the smoke or fire hazard from barbecue equipment disturbs the welfare of neighbours or other citizens, it can be considered a violation of public order.

The safety of the location of barbecuing depends on whether you use prepared coal or burn firewood to get coal.

  • The safe distance from a building for barbecue devices that use solid fuel, such as ready-made charcoal or other incandescent materials, is at least two metres. Balconies are treated as part of buildings and are off limits for barbecuing.
  • The safe distance from a building for barbecue equipment that prepares embers by burning firewood or other burning materials with an open flame is at least five metres.

You should also follow user manuals for particular equipment to determine the safe barbecue location that piece of and other barbecue equipment.

Last changed 27.04.2017