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Some can put out trash early

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Res­id­ents of the 6th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict will be per­mit­ted to place their trash out for col­lec­tion two hours earli­er for the next four months as part of a pi­lot pro­gram.

City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on planned to in­tro­duce le­gis­la­tion al­low­ing all city res­id­ents to be able to place their trash out­side at 5 p.m., rather than 7 p.m., in the months when day­light-sav­ing time is not in ef­fect.

However, after dis­cus­sions with Clar­ena Tolson, com­mis­sion­er of the De­part­ment of Streets, an agree­ment was made to im­ple­ment the pi­lot pro­gram. It is largely based on safety, par­tic­u­larly for seni­or cit­izens.

“It’s for every res­id­ent, but there are a lot of seni­ors in the dis­trict,” Hen­on ex­plained. “They run all their er­rands in the day­time. It’s get­ting dark earli­er, and a lot of times, they don’t feel com­fort­able com­ing out in the dark.”

The pro­gram will run from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28. It is open to res­id­ents of the 6th dis­trict based on the re­dis­trict­ing maps passed by City Coun­cil in Septem­ber 2011. Those maps won’t of­fi­cially change for oth­er city busi­ness un­til the 2015 elec­tion sea­son.

Dur­ing the tri­al peri­od, the streets de­part­ment will de­term­ine wheth­er the pro­gram is work­ing well or if there are prob­lems of any kind.

Hen­on plans to make robo-calls to eli­gible house­holds to alert them about the ini­ti­at­ive.

To find out if you are eli­gible for the pro­gram, go to sev­enty.org, click “Find Your Elec­ted Of­fi­cials” and type your ad­dress in the box. If Hen­on’s name ap­pears, you are eli­gible. Or, call Hen­on’s of­fices at City Hall at 215-686-3444 or 6730 Tor­res­dale Ave. at 215-683-9220.

Day­light sav­ings time ends on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 a.m. At that time, clocks should be turned back by one hour. ••End­Frag­ment

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