Williamsburg Institutes New Garbage Pick-Up Policy

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The City of Williamsburg is instituting a new garbage collection system for city residents.

Beginning July 6, the city will switch to curbside garbage collection, replacing backyard and side yard collection.

The switch is part of a new five-year collection contract the city signed with Republic Services in March. As part of the new contract, residents must roll garbage carts to the curb of the street, similar to the way recycling is currently collected.

Because Republic’s collection process is automated through a mechanical arm, rather than human collectors, old garbage cans and bags are not allowed and will not be picked up. Carts must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. the day of the collection to be picked up.

Residential homes in the city were issued new garbage carts emblazoned with the city seal during the week of June 29.

Residents using their own trash cans can keep the cans for other uses or dispose of them by placing them in the new cart. Oversized cans can be disposed of by contacting the city.

The first pick-ups will be Monday and Tuesday.

The Williamsburg City Council approved the switch from backyard and side yard collection to curbside collection as a cost savings measure. The contract with Republic totals $350,800 annually, which represents an annual savings of $165,000 over the city’s current “hybrid” system, which includes backyard and side yard pick-up.

Additional details on the change can be found by contacting the city’s Department of Public Works at 220-6140.