Jefferson City Residents Vote to Keep Trash Pickup

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JEFFERSON CITY - Residents in the Capital City have overwhelmingly voted to keep their current trash and recycle system, election results from the Cole County clerk's office indicate.

With all of the results in, 5,669 voters, or 74.5 percent, approved keeping curbside service, to 1,961, or 25.5 percent, who opposed. Allied Waste Services provides the pickup.

In 2009, the City Council created the new waste ordinance, implementing a mandatory curbside trash and recycling service for all residents. The recycling pickup was new, but the cost increased to more than $15 per month for each household and decreased the pickup from two times per week.

That angered some residents, who proposed Tuesday's follow-up vote. Supporters of the current system say opponents' demands would leave the city without a trash plan.