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Weekly curbside trash pickup could be eliminated

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Some Memphians worry their neighborhoods could become giant garbage dumps if the city's proposed solid waste overhaul happens. Some Memphians worry their neighborhoods could become giant garbage dumps if the city's proposed solid waste overhaul happens.
"Basically, eliminate once a week trash collection services," said Public Works Director Dwan Gillom explaining part of the plan. "Basically, eliminate once a week trash collection services," said Public Works Director Dwan Gillom explaining part of the plan.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - It is possible that weekly curbside pick up may be kicked to the curb. Many are in favor of quarterly pickup with drop-off locations and an emphasis on recycling.

But some Memphians worry their neighborhoods could become giant garbage dumps if the city's proposed solid waste overhaul happens.

Larger route sizes, fewer services, and reduced staff are all part of a solid waste overhaul the city of Memphis wants to implement.

Administrators met Thursday afternoon with council members and union representatives to discuss the desire to save millions of dollars annually.

"Basically, eliminate once a week trash collection services," said Public Works Director Dwan Gillom explaining part of the plan.

The reaction on twitter to the proposal was rapid:

@JMilesWMC I can just see the lines now of folks hauling their own smelly, nasty trash. Yeah, right. Looks like a reason to privatize to me.

— Grizz Twit (@grizztwit) June 13, 2013

@JMilesWMC if that happens Memphis will neighborhoods will become one giant garbage dump. They still going to charge for pickup?

— Capt. Chaos (@E4Capt) June 13, 2013

@JMilesWMC Here's an idea: ppl contract with a private company and pay for their own trash pickup.

— Chris Connolly (@CBConnolly) June 13, 2013

"Before I moved back here, where I lived, that's the way it was ... If you wanted more frequent pick up, you paid for it," said City of Memphis CAO George Little.

City councilman Kemp Conrad believes in a model not based on frequency of pickups, but the amount of trash collected.

"I don't think the widow that wheels out one bag of trash should pay the same as a person who lives in a mansion with a bunch of leaves or dumping their engine block on the street," said Conrad.

Union leaders expressed concerns, but are also willing to make concessions. And for the first time, sanitation workers could get retirement.

Any eventual overhaul will likely include ideas from all parties.

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