Mid-Missouri cities consider changes to trash pick-up

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COLUMBIA - Trash bags sit on the corner of driveways across Columbia on trash day, but each of the city's wards is discussing new options for trash pick up.

Ward 2 will have an open forum Tuesday at Parkade Elementary for residents to ask questions and share ideas about trash and recycling pick up in their area. Each of the other wards will have forums as well in the coming weeks.

Other local cities have made changes in recent years to their trash pick up systems.

Ashland uses a private company, Republic Services, which provides residents will roll carts for their trash. According to the city's website, residential and commercial trash rates in Ashland may increase, and the decision will be on the city meeting bill in March.

Holt's Summit is also considering altering pick-up methods, but a decision wasn't made at their city council meeting Monday night due to lack of information, according to a spokesperson at its city hall. Republic Services sales manager Monte Krehbiel said the city is considering mandatory roll carts.

Below are the ward forums around Columbia:

Ward 2: Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., cafeteria of Parkade Elementary, 111 Parkade Blvd.

Ward 1: Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 6-8 p.m., conference room 1A/1B City Hall, 701 East Broadway.

Ward 4: Tuesday, March 3, from 6-8 p.m., media room of Russell Boulevard Elementary School, 1800 Rollins Road.

Ward 3: Wednesday, March 18, from 6-8 p.m., cafeteria of Blue Ridge Elementary, 3700 Woodland Drive

Ward 5: Wednesday, April 8, from 6-8 p.m., media room of Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle School, 4200 Bethel St.

Ward 6: TBD