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City to start trash pickup test June 25

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The new launch date for Fredericksburg’s pilot program for curbside recycling and trash collection is June 25, City Manager Bev Cameron said.

The original plan was to begin the pilot on April 1, but that date got pushed back to May 5 because of challenges related to the winter weather and difficulty obtaining the containers needed for the program.

Cameron said in his report preparing the City Council for Tuesday’s meeting that the wheeled carts have been shipped and should be distributed to customers in time to make the first pickups on June 25. He said 1,000 carts were ordered at a cost of $42.98 each.

The pilot will be conducted in the Darbytown and College Heights neighborhoods.

During the pilot, customers in those neighborhoods must wheel their trash and recycling to the curb for once-a-week pickup on Wednesdays.

Currently, city customers have their trash picked up twice a week.

At the end of six months, city officials will determine if the pilot period needs to be extended to provide more information before deciding whether to expand it to more areas of the city.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972

pgould@freelancestar.com

 

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