We mentioned this in our coverage of proposed utility rate increases last week, but in case you missed it the city announced today its plan for moving to an every-other-week garbage collection schedule beginning in March.
Not everyone will get their garbage picked up twice per month right away. The city will launch the program with about 5,700 customers whose regular pick-up day is on Monday.
Over the next several months, city trash collectors will then gradually expand the program to customers with pick-up days Tuesday through Friday. The entire program is expected to be fully implemented by next February, the city’s Environmental Services director has said.
Here’s the city’s press release with more details:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 4, 2013
Don’t freak, Tacoma’s going every other week
Solid Waste Management phases in every-other-week garbage collection
Every-other-week garbage collection begins March 11 for about 5,700 single-family households in a portion of North Tacoma. Customers will automatically receive double their current garbage capacity with either a new double-sized container or a second same-sized container.
The remaining 47,500 households will switch to every-other-week collection in phases through November 2013. Customers will receive advance notice by mail and phone.
Here’s a general timeline — subject to change — for when and where Solid Waste Management plans to implement the switch to every-other-week garbage collection.
- · Monday garbage customers: March/April
- · Tuesday garbage customers: June/July
- · Wednesday garbage customers: August/September
- · Thursday garbage customers: October/November
- · Friday garbage customers: April/May
“Our customers can expect the same level of service as before,” said Mike Slevin, Environmental Services interim director. “They’ll be able to dispose of the same amount of garbage as usual.”
During the every-other-week garbage collection pilot program conducted in 2011, Solid Waste Management demonstrated that this approach will result in less garbage being disposed, increased recycling, reduced vehicle emissions and a smaller carbon footprint, and greater efficiency in collection.