Questions remain about trash cans

By From page A16 | October 06, 2013

Re: Tom Sakash’s earlier story on increased trash collection rates, there are some questions which to my knowledge remain unanswered:

* Will the city replace my 95-gallon trash container with a smaller one at no charge to me?

* If yes, what will they do with the discarded trash containers? That seems like a potential for a tremendous amount of trash being generated. What will the cost to the city of replacing hundreds of trash containers be? Is it actually cost-effective?

* If not, what will the cost of a new trash container be to me and how many months of reduced price trash collection will it take to pay off a new container? In the long term, will it be cost-effective for me to replace my current trash container?

* I have a 95-gallon trash container but living by myself do not generate a large amount of trash and so I only put it out once every three or four weeks. Can I get credit for days I don’t put it out? That’s certainly easier and less wasteful than replacing a perfectly good trash container.

Bill Wagman


* Editor’s note: A follow-up story by Tom Sakash, published Tuesday, Oct. 1, answered these questions. See http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/city/city-ready-to-exchange-trash-cans-in-preparation-for-new-rates

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