Changes in Columbia Trash Pickup?

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will meet Saturday morning at 8 a.m. to discuss Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes's 2013 budget proposal.

Part of the proposal deals with trash pickup. The city wants to replace the current trash bag system with roll carts that would be picked up by automated collection trucks.

The city wants to purchase 10 automated trucks and 44,000 roll carts.  The total cost would be about $5.8 million.

However, a group of Columbia residents does not support the plan. Thursday night more than 50 residents met at the Columbia Public Library.

According to the Columbia Missourian some residents fear that roll carts could blow down the street after being left outside after trash pickup. Residents also believe that roll carts would diminish the aesthetic value of neighborhoods and that roll carts left outside for an extended period could attract burglars by indicating no one is home.