Mansfield Considering Changes To Trash Collection

Andrew Greenstein
July 11, 2018 - 5:14 pm
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MANSFIELD (1080 KRLD) - The City of Mansfield is soliciting opinions from residents on what it should do about trash collection.

Currently, Mansfield residents put their trash bags at the end of their driveways twice a week for collection.

City spokeswoman Belinda Willis says with the current contract up for renewal on Oct. 1, the city is considering a change.

"We'd go to once-a-week collection, using a cart provided by the contractor," she says.

Willis says reviewing expiring contracts for possible changes is routine.

"When the contract is up for renewal, what the provider will do is take a look at all the options available to us in terms of providing service (and) present those options to the council for their consideration," says Willis.

The city has sent out a survey to residents on the issue.

Some are also weighing in on social media, with the response overwhelmingly in favor of keeping it as is.

Among them is Rayna Smith.

"It would be a lot of trash piled on people's garages and fronts, because the one canister is not enough," Smith says.

Smith says even with a container, once-a-week trash collection is untenable for most families.

"For the smaller families, that's fine," Smith says. "But for people that have three kids and more, they (produce) a ton of trash."

Willis acknowledges that the containers themselves are also a point of controversy.

"The carts represent a difficulty in terms of storage for many people," Willis says.