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Pay-as-you-throw program starts with leasing $5/month carts

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Curb-side trash is piling up. Memphis city crews say they are still behind following the winter storms. Curb-side trash is piling up. Memphis city crews say they are still behind following the winter storms.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Curb-side trash is piling up. Memphis city crews say they are still behind following the winter storms.

One day of icy conditions in March created havoc leaving behind massive amounts of fallen trees in yards across areas like Frayser. That is in addition to normal trash pickup and spring cleaning.

A pay-as-you-throw program has been suggested. If you have large quantities of trash that the city picks up for you, you will have to pay more for that service. However if you only throw away small amounts of trash this will not affect you at all.

"If we had pay-as-you-throw before the storm and other crises we've dealt with, it would've made recovery a lot easier because citizens would've been able to purchase bags to put their materials in," said Matoiri Spencer, Public Works Division.

The Public Works Department hopes the pay-as-you-throw program will bring light at the end of the tunnel.

"Currently payment makes it fair and equitable for everybody: for those who use more and those who don't use as much," said Spencer.

Right now phase one of the program is already being implemented known as the lease cart program. This allows those with more trash to pay $5 per month to lease an additional green cart to dispose of curbside trash.

"Pay-as-you-throw would reduce costs associated with landfill disposal, first of all. It would definitely generate revenue," said Spencer.

The biggest issue is proper trash disposal by residents. Some leave larger than normal trash and debris that obstructs the public right of way.

The city is responsible for clearing the path, but they say citizens should also be aware.

"Citizens should be aware that in the event a contractors does work for you they are totally responsible for the removal of excess debris," said Spencer.

The public works department is preparing to propose the pay-as-you-throw program to city leaders in upcoming city council meetings.

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