Tryon plans cuts in trash service starting mid-July

Published 3:23 pm Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tryon residents and businesses will have fewer trash pickups soon.

The towns proposed budget, which could have been adopted last night, will include cuts in trash service. Beginning July 19, there will be fewer garbage pickups per week, and leaves will have to be bagged instead of left on the street.

Residential garbage pickup will go from two days per week to one day per week and commercial garbage pickup will go from six days per week to five days.

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Roughly speaking, garbage will be picked up on the west side of town on Tuesdays and on the east side of town on Thursdays. Commercial garbage will be picked up Monday through Friday, with the town considering providing locked bins to some businesses that have a large quantity of garbage on the weekends.

Curbside recycling will take place on Wednesdays and debris collection will take place on Mondays and Fridays on a call-in basis.

Council members discussed Monday how to handle collection of debris, including yard debris, construction and demolition and white goods. They agreed that if the town employees see debris, they should go ahead and pick it up, but residents are urged to call and asked for it to be picked up.

Another change to the towns service will be for garbage to be out and ready to be picked up by 7 a.m. on collection days. Crews requested that residential collection begin at 7 a.m. because of the lag time between commercial and residential pick up currently.

The town is planning to leave notices regarding the new schedule on house doors or in emptied recycling bins between now and July 19 to alert all residents of the change.

Council also discussed Monday requiring mandatory recycling. Mayor Alan Peoples and councilman Austin Chapman said they are in favor of making recycling mandatory, although they said the town would not enforce it. Councilman Roy Miller said he wasnt in favor without an educational iniative about recycling being done first in Tryon.

Council was scheduled to vote on the mandatory recycling idea during its meeting last night.