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The city is asking residents to take part in a town hall meeting Thursday about significant changes to waste collection service and “The Claw,” which is no stranger during the autumn months, when the trees lining the streets drop bushels of leaves.
The meeting is primarily for Midtown and downtown residents, Integrated Waste General Manager Steve Harriman said Wednesday, and the conversation will center on the challenges those neighborhoods face with solid waste pickup.
“The central city has a large population density and lots of mixed-use (developments),” Harriman said. “Waste pickup in those areas affects parking and street sweeping schedules, among other things.”
Harriman said additional neighborhood meetings are being scheduled to specifically address other areas of the city as well.
Changes to the solid waste collection program being vetted by the city include reducing recycling pickup from a weekly schedule to a biweekly schedule, and eliminating the subscription-based “claw” pickup of loose-in-the-street yard waste in favor of a citywide containerized waste program.
“Right now, the claw is in operation year-round, but it serves a small number of customers,” Harriman said. “If we leave the program as it is, those small number of customers would see a huge rate increase. It would at least double, if not triple.”
Currently, the city offers every customer a choice between containerized waste collection and a subscription based claw pickup collection, Harriman said.
According to Harriman, the city serves 124,000 customers, and of those, only 12,000 subscribe to the loose-in-the-street yard waste pickup service with the claw.
“It’s a very expensive and difficult system to operate,” Harriman said. “We are trying to create a system where every customer has the same service.”
City Councilman Rob Fong and city staff will lead the discussion at the town hall meeting, and the public is encouraged to attend and participate, Harriman said.
The meeting will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday inside council chambers at City Hall, 931 I St.
City staff will be attending the following upcoming neighborhood meetings to share information about the proposed changes to the solid waste collection programs:
June 6 Hagginwood Community Association
June 6 Ben Ali Community Association
June 6 McKinley East Sacramento Neighborhood Association
June 7 Oak Park Neighborhood Association
June 13 Robla Community Action Committee
June 20 Land Park Community Association
More information about the proposed solid waste collection program changes, along with a feedback survey and a blog for the public to leave comments can be found on the city’s Cleaner Streets website.
Melissa Corker is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Twitter @MelissaCorker.