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UPDATE: Columbia residents are putting trash in roll carts one month before start

 

This is a brand-new city of Columbia roll cart (February 2024 photo courtesy of Columbia spokeswoman Sydney Olsen)

Columbia officials are reminding residents that the roll cart trash collection system doesn’t begin until March 4, and that trash bags are not supposed to be placed in your roll cart before then.

A vendor for Columbia Solid Waste Utility, Rehrig Pacific, began distributing roll carts to residents and businesses on January 29, and that distribution continues.

Columbia spokeswoman Sydney Olsen tells 939 the Eagle that some residents have been placing trash bags in their roll carts and putting them on the curb. Columbia’s trucks won’t be ready for roll carts until March 4, and the city has been notifying residents about that date for months. 939 the Eagle’s Aric Bremer reports seeing numerous roll carts with trash on the curb on streets near Boone Hospital Center and Columbia College.

Columbia’s city council voted unanimously last March to approve a roll cart trash collection system. City manager De’Carlon Seewood says roll carts improve safety for sanitation employees and boost efficiency.