Beginning Monday, Nov. 22, Meridian residents will have a new schedule for garbage collection and recycling. It will require adjustments. But Southern Waste employees say they're trying to make the transition as smooth as possible.
"For the first time in 20-plus years, garbage will be picked up once a week instead of two times per week via the 95 gallon carts that are being delivered right now on a daily basis," said Jimmie Moore, sales manager of Southern Waste. "Recycling will be picked up once every other week. And bulky items, which are tree limbs, old furniture, old appliances, will also be picked up once a week."
Residents are bound to have questions, such as, "Will you still pick up trash if it is in our old trash cans that we had before?"
"Yes," Moore says. "We made a commitment to the city that if it is there, we will pick it up. We just ask that it be containerized in your old trash bin or in a 32-ounce trash bag. But if it is there, we will pick it up."
Southern Waste is also trying to encourage more city residents to recycle. The company will now offer free recycling to businesses as well as homes.
"We are not only delivering the 95-gallon carts, we are also delivering new 18-gallon recycle bins. Paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, tin cans, glass bottles," Moore said.
The new collection days have been broken into a five-day plan.
"Part of the city will be on Monday, part of the city will be on Tuesday, and so on," said Moore. "The new routes were based on the density of population and the number of miles traveled. It is equalized as best as we could equalize it."
Maps of the new routes have been placed in every new trash cart.