Tacoma residents who get their trash collected on Mondays are the first to shift from weekly to every-other-week collection starting this month. The change comes March 11 for those 5,700 households in North Tacoma. Others will see the change through November.
Refuse customers will get bigger bins, or two bins, to accommodate the change. Once they arrive, customers can get smaller bins if they find they aren’t filling the cans. Smaller cans will mean lower bills since the change also comes with a rate hike of a few dollars a month.
“Our customers can expect the same level of service as before,” said Mike Slevin, Environmental Services interim director. “They’ll be able to dispose of the same amount of garbage as usual.”
During the every-other-week garbage collection pilot program conducted in 2011, Solid Waste Management demonstrated that this approach will result in less garbage being disposed, increased recycling, reduced vehicle emissions and a smaller carbon footprint, and greater efficiency in collection.