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With limited exceptions, garbage cans in Oak Ridge will have to be brought to the curb for the weekly pickup starting July 1, and there will be a $1.20 monthly fee increase for the waste disposal service.
The city’s previous 25-year contract is expiring, and the new contract will start July 1.
Unlike many cities, Oak Ridge has had a “backdoor pickup” garbage service for years, but that is ending. With that back door service, garbage would be picked up away from the curbâ€”at a back door, for example.
Under the new contract, people with qualifying disabilities will still be eligible for backdoor garbage and recycling services. (More information is included below.)
As part of the contract change to curbside pickup, new large 95-gallon trash bins will be provided at no cost, a press release said.[Read more…]