Archive for Thursday, October 18, 2007

Residents adjust to trash plan

October 18, 2007

Eudora resident Tiffany Morrow returned home after her trash collection day last week to find a sack left in her yard.

She looked around and saw similar trash sacks lining her street.

"They emptied the blue container but didn't take the bags away," she said.

Morrow's East 13th Street neighborhood wasn't alone.

Last week was the first time Weldon Enterprises Inc. fully switched over to a new trash program.

The company has probably received about eight calls a day asking about the new policies, Weldon Enterprises vice president Randy Weldon said.

"Most people didn't understand that they can't place waste outside the cart," Weldon said. "The system we converted to is fully automated, which reduces worker related injury and cleans up the town."

The city agreed to partner with Weldon to start the new trash program last spring.

As part of the new system, Weldon Enterprises supplied each household with a 95-gallon container.

A $13 monthly rate funds the new collection system and a recycling center near the city shop. The city also has plans for a possible compost pile next year.

Workers have been giving residents leeway with extra trash near the carts since rolling them out several weeks ago, Weldon said.

The workers now will only pick up the carts, Weldon said.

"It will be that way from this point forward," he said.

For residents who continually have more than the 95-gallons of refuse, an additional cart is available for an extra $3 per month, Weldon said.

The company also will continue to pick up larger items the first trash day of the month.

Elderly or disabled residents can apply to receive smaller cans and a reduced rate at Eudora City Hall, 4 East Seventh St.

Weldon offered some tips for residents who don't want to get a second container.

The first tip is to reduce excess space in the trash container, he said.

"I think the biggest thing is breaking down the trash," Weldon said.

People also could save space by folding milk containers in half, he said.

"I think with most of the food boxes, if you break them down you'll find there is plenty of room," Weldon said.

Weldon also suggested residents make use of the recycling drop off point near the city shop, Fifth and Oak streets.

Citizens can deposit plastic (types one through seven), aluminum and cardboard chipboard at the center.

In addition to freeing up space in a homeowner's trash bin, depositing materials at the recycling center helps divert trash from local landfills, Weldon said.

"The biggest thing is diverting the waste stream," he said.

Almost a week later, the frustration of finding leftover trash on her curb has faded, Morrow said.

"Instead of solving a problem in the city, it's like they were creating one," she said.

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