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A Columbia solid waste employee prepares to pick up trash (2022 file photo courtesy of Matt Nestor with the city)

Columbia officials want your input on roll carts; new system starts in March

A Columbia trash truck prepares to collect trash across the city (2022 file photo courtesy of Columbia Water and Light spokesman Matt Nestor)

You have an opportunity to provide input next week to Columbia officials about the storage of roll carts between collection days.

Columbia Solid Waste will hold an open house-style public meeting next Thursday evening from 5-7 at city hall. That’s on December 14.

City ordinance says roll carts can be placed at the curb no earlier than 4 pm the day before the scheduled collection day and must be removed from the curb no later than 10 pm on that collection day. The ordinance does not specify where carts should be stored outside of that timeframe, others than it must be on private property.

Columbia’s city council voted unanimously in March to approve a roll cart trash collection system, which will start in March. City manager De’Carlon Seewood has said says roll carts improve safety for sanitation employees and also boost efficiency. Roll carts have been debated in Columbia for more than 15 years.

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