Republic Services has renewed its pitch for weekly yard debris collections in Albany, and with a new council, this time it will likely get what it wants.
The council rejected previous proposals along this line at least twice, in 2016 and ’17. But this week, at Monday’s council work session, Republic’s Julie Jackson got no push-back from the council’s current members.
Jackson will present a formal request for approval of the added service — and the added charge that goes with it — later. She said an ideal time to make the change would be August or September.
Republic would charge an extra $2.95 a month for weekly yard debris pickup, which now is done every other week without a surcharge.
The weekly schedule would allow people to put all their household food waste in with grass clippings and such. This in turn might enable some customers to lessen their monthly bill because they could get a smaller trash can.
Republic expects to have to buy two additional trucks to handle weekly collections of yard debris. The stuff, by the way, would then be called “organic waste.”
The company already has weekly organic waste collections elsewhere in the area. It turns the food waste and other muck into compost.
One upside: No more confusion about whether it’s this week or next when you have to put out the yard cart. (hh)