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Aug
3
2015
City begins converting alley trash pickups to curbside
Within the next 3 years, all City residential solid waste customers will have a green barrel to go with their blue recycling barrel.

Beginning the last week of July, the City of Yuma will begin a 3-year process to convert all residential solid waste customers to individual curbside pickups, eliminating trash pickups in alleys.

City To Begin Phasing Out Alley Trash Pickups, Converting All To Curbside

Yuma, Ariz. - Beginning the last week of July, the City of Yuma will begin a 3-year process to convert all residential solid waste customers to individual curbside pickups, eliminating trash pickups in alleys.

The project starts the week of July 27, in the area from16th Street to 32nd Street between 4th Avenue and Pacific Avenue. Residents who currently dispose of their trash in alleys, where they share a 300-gallon container with several of their neighbors, will begin receiving one 90-gallon green container for each home.

Once they have received their green containers, residents will be responsible for placing their container at their curb on the proper day (Monday or Tuesday, depending on location), like they currently do with their blue barrels for curbside recycling service.

The City is notifying individual residences affected in phase one of this service independently.

Residents will not be charged for the containers, and there will be no change in cost for residential solid waste service.

The project will be phased in over three years, primarily due to available budget. Completion date is set for June 30, 2018. Overall, this service change will affect approximately 5,500 homes, with nearly 1,800 homes targeted for conversion this year.

Reasons for this service conversion include several factors, noted Public Works Manager Martin Agundez. First, the City has received consistent feedback from residents wanting to manage their own garbage container. Often, residents would attempt to dispose of trash at their alley container and find that container already filled up. Second, replacement trash vehicles are larger than before, leaving only an inch or two on either side of the truck turning in and out of some City alleys.

"The area in this first phase includes some of the worst of those narrow alleys," Agundez explained.

Second, curbside pickup will eventually become consistent for all the City’s residential solid waste customers. Residents will place their garbage (in green containers) at their curbs on their designated day in the first half of the week (either Monday or Tuesday, depending on location), just as they place their recyclable materials (in blue containers) at their curbs in the latter half of the week (either Thursday or Friday, depending on location).

"Additionally, we hope this conversion will reduce illegal dumping, which is currently a problem in some neighborhoods with alley collections," said City of Yuma Director of Public Works Joel Olea.

With blue and green barrels side by side on residential properties, the City hopes more customers will choose to increase their use of the recycling containers, keeping tipping fees - charges to the City for using landfills to deposit garbage - low.

Residential solid waste customers with additional questions may call Public Works at 928-373-4504.