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UPDATE: City of Columbia faces lawsuit regarding charge for recycling pickup

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Columbia city hall (2021 file photo courtesy of city spokeswoman Sydney Olsen)

A Columbia woman is seeking class-action status against the city for continuing to charge residents a fee to pick up household recycling after suspending and no longer providing the service.

939 the Eagle’s Mike Murphy reports the lawsuit was filed in Boone County Circuit Court by Columbia attorney Anthony Meyer on behalf of resident Christine Gardener “and a class of all those similarly situated.”

The city has been charging residents $17.37 per month for weekly curbside pickup of trash and recycling. Mr. Murphy reports it reduced recycling pickup to every other week, and then suspended it entirely in May, blaming a shortage of truck drivers to complete the routes. However, the city continues to charge the $17.37 per month fee.

City spokeswoman Sydney Olsen tells 939 the Eagle that she cannot comment, noting the case is currently under litigation.

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