Portage trash pick-up system questioned

2012-09-13T19:15:00Z Portage trash pick-up system questionedMolly Smerika Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 13, 2012 7:15 pm  • 

PORTAGE | Portage residents voiced concerned and questioned the city’s new trash and recycling pickup system at a Thursday meeting at City Hall.

“Everybody that’s here to listen and help us with this is a big help and a testament to you as residents that we want to get this fixed,” Portage Mayor James Snyder said to a group of senior citizens at the Bonner Senior Center.

The system cuts down trash pickup workers from three to two per truck and allow trucks to visit almost double the amount of homes in one day. Residents will receive 96-gallon toters for trash and recycling that can each hold up to 300 pounds. The cans are no charge to residents.

Many concerns regarded the new grass clipping collections and general questions about the new cans.

Grass clippings will still be picked up by the city, but residents will have to pay a once yearly $40 permit fee. Residents can also bring their grass clippings to Portage's compost site for free.

The city will also start implementing one day a month to pick up bulk items, such as couches and refrigerators, but will pick up those items for free. A new ordinance will define a “cleanout” and charge residents if it’s not picked up on the bulk item day.

The attendees were concerned about moving the cans in the winter and if they would be too difficult to maneuver. Snyder assured residents the new cans are easier to move and one person at the meeting compared the new cans to moving a walker. Residents who are still concerned about moving the cans should call the Department of Sanitation and then workers will move the cans for residents.

Trash pickup will still occur once a week and recycling every other week.

Portage has approved a bid for the new system, but no contract has been signed. The contract is under attorney review, and once that clears it will take 90 days to distribute new trash cans to residents.

Residents will be notified of the new system by mailers.

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