Council Expected To Vote on Paying More For Trash Pickup

Council Expected To Vote on Paying More For Trash Pickup

Tuesday afternoon we could know if citizens will end up paying more for trash pickup service or not. The city council's expected to vote on a proposed rate increase.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Tuesday afternoon we could know if citizens will end up paying more for trash pickup service or not. The city council's expected to vote on a proposed rate increase.

“On any given day we have 210 trucks on the street. Of that fleet 37 percent are often down," councilman Myron Lowry said.

Some of the trucks have been on the road since 1998.

Memphis councilman Myron Lowry said that is bad news for everybody.

“People call us all the time saying my trash was missed from being picked up. That may be because a truck was out of service,” Lowry said.

Tuesday, the city council is expected to vote on a proposed increased fee on trash pickup service.

That fee would go from $22.80 to a little more than $25 a month.

“We just want to say to citizens of Memphis. We provide a service here at solid waste ...and we would just love some consideration," director of the AFSCME union Gail Tyree said.

Tyree said the solid waste department could replace the old trash pickup trucks with new ones.

“And it's a hazard for the people who's driving these vehicles and for the men riding on the back of these trucks," Tyree said.

Second, employees can get supplemental retirement income and be able to afford to retire.

“With supplemental retirement income they can now get up to $12,000 a year to leave the service of the city so they an retire with dignity and respect," Lowry said.

And last but not least, the customer would get more efficient service with less trash pickup interruptions.
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