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City rolls out new trashcans

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm


With the adoption of a new refuse and trash disposal ordinance last week, the City of Fayetteville has begun delivery of 3,140 garbage cans, all new, serialized, and brandishing the city’s name.

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But if you’re eager to get your trashcan, you can stop in at the city’s Public Works Department at 201 Union Street in Fayetteville to pick it up. The department is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Each household is entitled to one of the new garbage cans, though more may be obtained for a charge. With additional garbage cans also comes a second payment for collection. The same applies to businesses if they have city sanitation services.

“We welcome residents of the City of Fayetteville coming by and picking up their garbage cans,” said Eddie Plunkett, director of public works, adding that the department will be trying to deliver the carts. If you’re not home, however, when delivery is attempted, a note will be left on your door by department staff. Those delivering the cans won’t leave one at a residence without a signature to confirm delivery.

“We are asking everyone to be patient with us as we will get the carts delivered as soon as we can,” said Plunkett, adding that folks can get their carts quicker if they come by and pick them up. If anyone has a question, call the Public Works Department at (931) 433-2486.

Residents picking up their garbage cans at the Public Works Department will need to show property identification and proof of residence in the city.

The 96-gallon trashcans are the result of a plan that saw the Board of Mayor and Aldermen give their approval to increased sanitation rates back in February. The increase, which became effective April 1, amounted to $4 each month, raising rates from $10 to $14 per month for residents and from $15 to $19 for businesses. Housing Authority residents saw an increase from $8 or $10 per month to $12.

Revenues generated with the increase are accomplishing two things – one, correcting a deficit between sanitation fund expenditures and revenues that were occurring, and two, generating enough money to facilitate the purchase of a new automated garbage truck and the collection carts that would be used citywide.

The ordinance adopted Tuesday by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen spells out all regulations related to usage of the new garbage cans. The eight-page document is expected to be posted on the city’s website soon.

The cans are each assigned to an address, and must remain with the address, even if those occupying the residence or business move to another location.