Survey asks residents' opinions of roll cart trash disposal

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | 4:32 p.m. CDT; updated 6:07 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 2, 2011

COLUMBIA — The city of Columbia is asking residents to take a survey about using roll carts instead of trash bags for future trash collection.

The city currently provides trash bags to residents but wants to determine if using roll carts would be a more efficient way to dispose of trash.

There are about 33,000 homes that would be affected by this change, Jill Stedem, a spokeswoman for the Columbia Public Works Department, said. Columbia residents who live in apartment buildings or duplexes with at least four units must use dumpsters, she said.

If roll carts are approved in the future, they could require the purchase of 10 new trucks, but six fewer trash workers would be needed, Stedem said.

Currently, the city uses eight trucks that each carry two trash collectors, but the 10 new trucks could be operated by one trash collector per truck, she said.

Residents can take an online survey until Sept. 2 or fill out a survey at the City Hall reception desk on the first floor. The Public Works Solid Waste Division is conducting the survey.

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