New garbage bins are being dropped off at Oak Ridge homes. The deliveries began Monday, June 21.
The blue bins should be used for your household garbage and brought to the curb on your scheduled pickup date starting in July, the City of Oak Ridge said in a press release.
The new, 95-gallon trash bins will eliminate the need for residents to purchase multiple 32-gallon bins to accommodate household waste, the press release said.
Many residents already participate in the recycle program and have previously been provided a brown cart that is taken to the curb. This service has not changed, but if you do not already own a brown recycle cart, one will be provided to you upon request, the press release said.
Under the new contract with Waste Connections, both garbage and recycling need to be brought to the curb for collection. If someone is unable to bring their garbage and recycling to the road, they must contact the Oak Ridge Public Works Department at (865) 425-1875 to request backdoor pickup.
“This change will improve trash services by providing a uniform way to collect household garbage and recycling,” the press release said. “This will reduce the amount of litter in neighborhoods caused by open containers or torn bags and improve overall waste and recycling services for residents.”
Having garbage picked up away from the curb (“back door pickup”) is considered an unusual service, but the city has had it for many years. However, it will stop at the end of June.
Brush pickup will continue to be conducted once per year in the spring. and the annual fall leaf pickup will be completed more quickly. Household trash pickup for bulky, household rubbish like old appliances and furniture no larger than 3′ high x 4′ wide x 8′ long, and 100 cubic feet will now be held twice a year: in the spring and fall.
Residents can use the Warehouse Road Convenience Center five days per week, Wednesday through Sunday, the press release said. It will be closed on Monday and Tuesday to allow for staff to conduct maintenance on the machines and equipment.
For questions or more information, contact the Oak Ridge Public Works Department at (865) 425-1875 or visit OakRidgeTN.gov.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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