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Columbia Solid Waste to hold public meeting on residential curbside trash collection


Columbia Solid Waste will be holding its last scheduled customer input meeting on Tuesday to discuss the future of residential curbside trash collection.

The city says there is no change to the recycling program currently planned.

The meeting is scheduled to take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Activities and Recreation Center on W. Ash St.

During the meeting, Columbia Solid Waste says the public will have the opportunity to learn about residential solid waste collections, ask questions and share their opinions. The city said 180 residents were in attendance at the Jan. 10 meeting.

The city dropped the city-logo trash bag rule in December, estimating the change would save them more than $1 million.

City Utilities spokesman, Matt Nestor said earlier this month, the city discussed an automated system that could also involve roll carts. In years past, the city has used manual trash collection processes, where workers would ride on the back of the trucks and then hop off to collect trash. An automated system would require a metal clamp on the trucks to automatically empty garbage cans.

“We’ve been having a problem hiring and retaining staff, in residential collections, for the last seven or eight years,” Nestor said earlier this month. “It's a dangerous job. It's a hard job to do. So our position is that moving to an automated collection will help ease some of that and make that a more desirable job that people will want to do.”

If you can't make it out to Tuesday's meeting, the city is still accepting public comment online until Feb 10. You can access the survey to give your input here.

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