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Trash day to change for many Lawrence residents as city prepares for curbside recycling

March 24, 2014

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A map of the proposed trash routes for the city. The new routes are scheduled to begin on May 6. Photo: City of Lawrence

A map of the proposed trash routes for the city. The new routes are scheduled to begin on May 6. Photo: City of Lawrence

Either get out your calendars or your nose plugs because trash day is set to change for about half of Lawrence.

Beginning May, 6, the city will implement a new route system that is a first step to rolling out a citywide curbside recycling program in October.

City officials have released a map that shows the dates that trash crews will be in neighborhoods. Click here to see the map. The biggest change is that the city will be operating residential trash routes four days a week, up from three days currently.

"We're trying to gain some efficiencies by expanding to four days," said Tammy Bennett, an assistant director of public works for the city.

Under the new system, crews will be running trash routes on Fridays. Currently, residential trash service is only conducted on Tuesday through Thursday. This will be the first time in at least a decade that the city is changing the schedule for residential trash service, Bennett said.

Bennett said the city plans to actually place a note on the trash container of every household that will see its trash day change. Bennett said the note will show up the week before the change is set to take place. All changes will begin the week of May 6.

The city also is working to introduce a new subscription service that will allow people to sign up for a text or email reminder about when they need to set out the trash. Bennett said the system is being designed to send a reminder the day before or the morning of trash day. The city plans to have the reminder service available by the end of April.

Remembering trash day will become a bit more complicated once the city begins the curbside recycling program. Trash service and curbside recycling will be on the same day for households, but trash service will occur on a weekly basis, while curbside recycling will be every other week.

Bennett said the city plans to start curbside recycling service the week of Oct. 21.

The city is purchasing three new trucks for the residential curbside recycling program, but it also will be taking three existing trucks out of the trash service and switching them to the recycling operation. Bennett said that switching of trucks was the reason the city decided to go to a four-day collection week and change the city's route system.

Bennett said the city is continuing to purchase more fully automated trucks that use a remote-controlled arm to pick up the specially designed trash carts that residents were mandated to begin using last year. The curbside recycling system also will use a cart system: blue, 95-gallon carts that will start being delivered to homes in September. The automated trucks allow the city to operate with a crew of one person per truck instead of the usual three people per truck.

"The trucks are a great solution for a lot of areas," said Bennett, who noted that the city will continue to use the more traditional trucks in routes that have a lot of on-street parking and trash pick-ups in alleys. "But we've been pleased with how people are adjusting to the carts."

Comments

LKColt1 8 months, 4 weeks ago

There is one downside I could see stemming from trash day being on a Friday. There are many weekends where my wife and I go out of town on Friday mornings and do not return until Sunday night. This means that our trash can will be sitting out at the curb for 2.5 days. Im sure there are others that could have this same problem. I'm not necessarily against the move to Fridays but I also don't want the trash can hanging out close by the street for a whole weekend with the risk of it blowing out into the street or being stolen (which has happened once).

Nikki May 8 months, 3 weeks ago

And there is a rule about you may only leave your can out there 24 hours. I think it's like the snow thing and someone has to complain, but it's there.

Anthony Grosshans 8 months, 3 weeks ago

95-Gallon carts for recycling? Seriously? How massive will those be? Where will they fit? Hoping that's a typo.

Lee Saylor 8 months, 3 weeks ago

The footprint on a 95 gallon is about 4 inches greater each direction than the 65 gallon trash can you currently have. Calm Down.

Elston Gunn 8 months, 3 weeks ago

From the City website:

Q. How much will the recycling collection service cost? A. Implementation of the residential recycling collection service will add $2.81 to the standard monthly solid waste rate for residential services. For multi-family dwellings, paying commercial trash service rates, the residential recycling service charge will be $2.81 per month for each multi-family dwelling unit.

Q. Will I be able to opt out of the program? A. The recycling program participation is voluntary and you may decline to receive a recycling cart; however, residential customers will be charged for the service regardless of participation.

$2.81. That blows, but its still not enough to force me to recycle. No thanks.

Betty Bartholomew 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Why don't you want to recycle? If you're going to be charged for it, anyhow, you might as well. If it's done the way it is in Topeka it will be pretty simple: A list of accepted items is posted on the cart, you put the items in the cart, you put it at the sidewalk, you're done. At worst you might need to rinse out soda cans, milk jugs, and the like. But there's not the fussing with separating glass and plastic and paper and all - that's done on the recycler's end (provides jobs, you know). If it's something they don't accept, you can toss it in your normal trash or take it to a recycling center that does take it.

Beth Ennis 8 months, 3 weeks ago

we have more recycling than trash, so we would need a 95 gal one I'm guessing. We currently fill up about 6 or 7 containers in our garage every other week. At least this pickup will be once a week. I'm wondering why they don't do trash collection M-TH and not collect on Fri? Although, we have left for trips on Tuesdays before. We usually try to have a friend or neighbor move it back to the garage for us. But, collecting on Mon instead of Fri would be a safer bet that people will be home at night I'm guessing. I am really looking forward to the recycling.

Amy Varoli Elliott 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Probably because of the number of federal holidays that fall/are observed on Mondays, just easier to avoid that day then try to rework the schedule when they pop up. But then again maybe they just aren't Monday people.

Bill Woodard 8 months, 3 weeks ago

We've been recycling (with Defenbaugh) for a long time, and we always have more recycling materials for pickup than we do garbage. The fee of $2.81 per month is more than worth it, considering how much it potentially will lessen the waste stream, if people will just use it.

Lee Saylor 8 months, 3 weeks ago

My biggest concern, which I have stated here before, is that the city recycling is a 95-gallon container every other week. (=190 gal per month). I currently recycle with Deffenbaugh with a 65-gallon every week. That container is always full. (4x65=260gal per month.) I have to cut down on my recycling to fit the new city plan.

Julius Nolan 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Ask for a 2nd container. Problem solved.

Lee Saylor 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks. For some reason I didn't think about that.

Brian Woods 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I didn't read the full article but my question is what is the city going to do with all the recyclable material? Take it to KC and sell it to a bigger recycling center? 3 dollars is not a lot of money to have to pay to get your recyclables picked up but what is the city going to do with the money they make off this?

Mike Edson 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Friday pick up? No sir, I don't like it. Not one bit. I would like to keep the Tuesday pick up. Does it seem like East Lawrence got the short end of the stick? Well, at least they will still pick up said stick on Mondays.

Richard Heckler 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Too bad for our local recycling industry small business people. But we move on.

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