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St. Paul, Minn., Reorganizes Trash Collection

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Residents who fear their bills will increase started a petition to get the issue on the November ballot.

Starting this week, St. Paul, Minn., residents will no longer be able to choose their trash hauler. Instead, residents will choose a garbage cart size that will cost between $20 and $34 a month.

Some residents say this will cause their bills to increase substantially. However, St. Paul officials say the change to a citywide collection will be more efficient by cutting down on alley traffic. There’s a petition effort underway to get the issue of garbage collection on the November ballot.

CBS Minnesota has more details:

Beginning Monday, residents in St. Paul can no longer choose their own trash hauler.

The city has put together a consortium of 15 collectors, with specific collectors assigned to specifics neighborhoods.

Residents choose a garbage cart size that will cost between $20 to $34 a month.

There is no way to share services with neighbors or opt out.

Read the full article here.

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