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Garbage collection changes voted down by Rockwall Council, 6-1

Garbage collection in the City of Rockwall will continue twice weekly after all, without an increase in rates, after the Rockwall City Council voted 6-1 not to change the current garbage collection policy at Monday night’s Council meeting.

Council’s Environmental Subcommittee members Glen Farris, Mark Russo and Cliff Sevier had proposed an enhanced recycling program to support the City’s “Green” initiatives at the Jan. 3 meeting, which would have provided each Rockwall home with two 95-gallon rolling carts to encourage recycling.

But the large carts would have caused too many problems with home owners associations and the rate increase was not popular, according to Russo, so the Council decided to keep the current program with Allied Waste Management in place.

Russo said he had received many calls and emails opposing reducing garbage collection to just once per week and an increase in rates.

Council member David Sweet initially who spoke out against the change, saying that he saw it as “an increase in rates and decrease in service.”

He also cautioned that many homes would not have enough room to store and use the carts.

“There’s no room at my house to store one cart, let alone two,” he said.

Farris was the lone dissenting Council member Monday night.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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2 Responses for “Garbage collection changes voted down by Rockwall Council, 6-1”

  1. Glen Farris says:

    The vote was to rescind the action to direct staff to do contract negotiations with Republic Waste (formerly Allied Waste). This was not a vote to kill the current proposal and the green team recommendations. I wanted to continue negotiations in terms of frequency, containers, days and cost. Had we been able to negotiate with Republic we most likely would have found a solution that all could live with. Now it appears to be a dead Issue.

    Glen Farris
    Rockwall City Council.

  2. Aimee Thibodeaux says:

    I wish I had heard about this, I would have loudly supported it. I found out after the fact and rate increase would have been somewhere around $1.50 a month one news source reported. It is absurd that people need to put trash out 2x per week, if anything it should be recyclables twice per week and trash once.

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