City halts trash program

The pi­lot pro­gram that al­lowed some city res­id­ents to place their trash out­side at 5 p.m., the night be­fore col­lec­tion, has ended. Now, the earli­est trash can be placed out­side for pickup is back to the nor­mal 7 p.m.

The pro­gram began on Nov. 1. City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on (D-6th dist.) planned to in­tro­duce le­gis­la­tion al­low­ing all city res­id­ents to be able to place their trash out­side at 5 p.m. in the months when day­light-sav­ing time is not in ef­fect.

However, after dis­cus­sions with city De­part­ment of Streets Com­mis­sion­er Clar­ena Tolson, the pi­lot pro­gram was es­tab­lished for res­id­ents and small busi­nesses in the 6th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict. The 10th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict was ad­ded to the pro­gram, which had a March 30 end­ing date.

Al­most all of the North­east was in­cluded in the pro­gram. Areas that were ex­cluded in­cluded Frank­ford, North­wood, Sum­mer­dale, Lawndale and parts of Castor Gar­dens, Wissi­nom­ing and Ox­ford Circle.

The pro­gram was cre­ated mostly for safety reas­ons, par­tic­u­larly for seni­or cit­izens.

Hen­on ex­plained that, in the fall and winter months, many seni­ors did not feel com­fort­able go­ing out in the dark to put out their trash after 7 p.m.

Now, through early fall, there is day­light at 7 p.m.

The streets de­part­ment will not is­sue any cita­tions for trash placed out be­fore 7 p.m. un­til the agency and City Coun­cil of­fices agree on a com­pre­hens­ive meth­od of in­form­ing the pub­lic.

Mean­while, the city will eval­u­ate the im­pact of the pi­lot pro­gram be­fore de­cid­ing wheth­er to im­ple­ment it again. ••

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