Changes to Waynesboro’s bulk trash program are now in full effect. The city is still waiting on a second knuckleboom truck to arrive but for now, leaders are trying to teach people about the new program.
At the City Council meeting Monday night, the Waynesboro city manager outlined the aspects of the revised program. One of the biggest changes will save the city cash.
Before, customers of the city's trash collection service would automatically get a visit from the knuckleboom truck once a month. Now, you have to call ahead of time if you want a load picked up. You get two free visits, and then the price per visit is on a sliding scale.
"We had to make a change based on the cost. The knuckleboom truck going out into every neighborhood once a month was a very expensive proposition. It just got bigger and bigger and it was eating up more of the trash budget,” said Frank Lucente, Waynesboro city councilor.
City leaders are concerned about people leaving piles of trash outside. They say once people get more familiar with the changes, they will fine those who leave out inappropriate items like asbestos or large tree limbs.
The city could also opt to allot a certain amount of time for the customer to remove the trash.
City leaders have put together a pamphlet for customers that outlines the new program. They say it should be in their mailboxes within the next five to 10 days.
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