Waynesboro Council Decides to Keep Bulk Trash Collection Service - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Waynesboro Council Decides to Keep Bulk Trash Collection Service

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Waynesboro City Council has made a big decision about the handling of trash collection. The bulk pickup, or knuckleboom service, was on the chopping block for months – but now, leaders have decided to keep it.

Customers complained about piles of trash sitting by the side of the road for months. At the City Council meeting Monday night, council members agreed to keep the service. Now, it's a matter of how to improve it.

City staff recommended that customers get two free pickups a year, then customers would get a bill each collection after that on a sliding scale. Non-customers would pay a flat fee.

Another plan considers replacing a broken knuckleboom truck and offering the service to everyone in Waynesboro - not just city trash users. The funding would be transferred to the general fund to make it a city-wide service.

"People that normally wouldn't get the service, they may dump it on their neighbor's yard, or take it to an alley or something like that. So this would eliminate that, and because now they could just call like a trash customer and get the debris picked up,” said Frank Lucente, city councilor.

Even though the system has been abused by some, city councilors decided it was still important to keep but reform.

Council members have time to think over the two options between now and December 9. At that meeting, they'll discuss the proposals and then vote on the final plan.

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