Dallas Moves to Once-A-Week Trash Pickup

By Kim Fischer
|  Monday, Mar 1, 2010  |  Updated 6:32 PM CDT
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Weekly Trash Schedule Was Tested for Years

Trash pickup goes to once-a-week in Dallas.

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Weekly Trash Schedule Was Tested for Years

A pilot trash program is now going citywide.
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The entire city of Dallas went from twice-a-week trash pickup to once per week on Monday.

Some residents weren't happy about the new plan, which was tested for years in some Dallas neighborhoods before it was ever voted on by the City Council.

John VanBuskirk, who lives in one of those neighborhoods, said he’s become a pro at the whole recycling thing.

"I put out my recycling bin more than I do my trash bin,” said VanBuskirk.

VanBuskirk's neighborhood was asked to be in the pilot program for the OneDay trash pickup plan six years ago. At the time, not all residents were on board with the idea, he said.

"I think more than 50 percent had a concern with it initially because it was a change, and we're human beings, and we have a tendency to resist change," he said.

Before it went into effect citywide, VanBuskirk was in charge of asking the residents how they thought the program was going.

"Overwhelmingly, the response I got recently was it's the right thing to do. It's easy," VanBuskirk said.

But it will be a bit more difficult for 9,000 residents who once put their trash in the alley. The recycling containers are too large for the alleyways and must now be taken to the curb.

"If they are elderly or disabled, they just need to get a doctor's not stating such, and we can provide that service free of charge," said Danielle McClelland, of the sanitation department.

City leaders said people will feel the same as VanBuskirk and his neighbors once they get used to the change

"More than half of the things that people throw away can be recycled and should be recycled under our program," McClelland said. "So if you get the blue cart, life will be a lot easier for you."

If you need a blue recycle bin or have questions about the OneDay plan, call 311.

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