Enhanced solid waste program offers extra pick-up…at a cost
By Elsa Maxey
Households in about a third of the neighborhoods in Sugar Land will start getting their new trash and recycling carts next week, and carts for the other neighborhoods will follow.
The city’s enhanced solid waste and recycling program will begin in about 60 days on December 5. Before then, each household will be receiving a grey, 95-gallon garbage cart and a green, 65-gallon recycling cart, unless different sizes were requested. The new carts will be used for automated twice a week garbage collection, automated recycling collection once a week, green waste collection once a week, bulky waste collection once a month and for on-call collection service. Say what?
It’s a new option, on call collection service, which means additional garbage and bulky waste service can be requested, but it will cost for that extra trip. That extra cart pick-up is $25, an additional bulky waste service pick-up of up to 5 cubic yards will be $75, and for bulky waste service greater than five cubic yards, that requires a call for both the request and to determine pricing. It’s also a good idea to find out what is allowed to be hauled off.
Although the new automated program begins in December, the city advises residents to start using the carts as soon as they are received.
For those who did not attend the educational sessions held by the city about the new program, here’s how to use them. Place the carts at the base of the curb, if there Is one, and the cart wheels against the curb. Handles are to face away from the street allowing the lids to open to the street.
First on the list for getting the new carts next week are Barrington Place and Glen Laurel. Both those neighborhoods will receive them on October 10, according to the city schedule. Those following on October 11 among the subdivisions are: Austin Park Courtyard Homes, Covington West, Covington Woods, Eldridge Lake, Gannoway Lake Estates, Imperial Estates, Imperial Woods, and the Reserve at Glen Laurel. For a complete list of the neighborhoods and the expected cart delivery dates, check the city’s website.
Earlier this year, the city approved a 10-year contract with Republic Services after a pilot study of the automated collection of garbage and recycling services, a green waste recycling program and a bulky waste program.
Those wishing more information about Sugar Land’s new solid waste and recycling program are asked to visit the city’s website or call the Public Works Department, 281-275-2450.