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October 22, 2014, 3:02 am
970 WMAY News

Mayor Cannot Rule Out Possibility That Trash Plan Would Limit Choice Of Waste Haulers

An upcoming proposal on garbage pickup around Springfield will likely recommend dividing the city into “zones,” which could restrict what day of the week residents get trash pickup… and may restrict which waste hauler they are allowed to use. 


Mayor Mike Houston makes it clear that the proposal is still being negotiated and is not finalized.  But in a live interview on 970 WMAY’s “Jim Leach Show,” Houston said the proposal would include the creation of zones, with each one having a designated day for trash pickup, with a goal of reducing wear and tear on city roads. 


Houston says the proposal wouldn’t necessarily require that people in a particular zone must use a specific waste hauler… but he also says he can’t rule out that possibility.


The mayor also says he personally believes waste haulers deserve a rate increase, something they haven't had in nearly a decade.  But he stressed again that such an increase, like other provisions in the garbage pickup proposal, must still be negotiated.

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