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January 12, 2013

No changes for Pinehurst waste collection for now

PINEHURST — Representatives from Republic Services/Allied Waste met with the City of Pinehurst City Council over the course of the last two months to offer options to the current waste collection within the city.

Steve Carroll, municipal manager with Republic Services, spoke with the council in December asking for permission to propose options to the city.

The council could not discuss the options presented at the time due to the Texas Open Meeting Acts prohibit the council from discussing items not listed on the agenda.

One option mentioned is changing to a container system which could be picked up with an automated truck and collection days would be scheduled for once a week.

“The container is a 96 gallon tote,” Carroll said. “It will typically hold a weeks worth of trash produced by a single family.”

Carroll said he was asking the city to consider adopting the cart collection.

The current system requires a 3-man crew for collections and the cart system could use a 1-man crew with collections only being once a week.

“Typically, as a rule of thumb, the average family puts 60-70% of the trash out on the first day of pick up,” Carroll said. 

Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Barclay said he was approached by citizens after the first presentation who told him they were happy with the service provided now.

“Would the company start immediately using the new truck,” Councilman Dan Mohon asked. “The city of Orange switched and the old tricks are still being used. Why should we switch if the new trucks are not going to be used?”

Mohon also said he was concerned about where the carts would be left in between pick-ups.

Mayor Pete Runnels said, “One benefit is it reduces the cost to the city, but based on what I have heard there is not much savings.”

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