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Omaha, Neb., Mulls Yard Waste Collection Plan

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During a public hearing, one of the more favorable options broached was a contract offering two 96-gallon carts, while another option would offer three carts.

Residents in Omaha, Neb., and the City Council are in the process of trying to work out a citywide plan for curbside yard waste collection.

A recent public hearing found that one of the more favorable options is implementing a contract offering two 96-gallon carts—one for trash and yard waste combined and another for recycling. But many residents are also pushing the council to select a trash plan with three 96-gallon carts that keeps yard waste separate from garbage from April through Thanksgiving.

Omaha World-Herald has more:

Tuesday’s public hearing on Omaha’s next trash contract took half as long as the first to make a familiar point: Neither residents nor the City Council agree on what to do with yard waste.

The City Council has four options, only two of which have significant support. The favorite seems to be a contract offering two 96-gallon carts — one for trash and yard waste combined and one for recycling.

The only reason it’s a favorite now, after the council rejected a similar plan in June, is because it’s being supplemented with eight to 12 weeks of unlimited yard waste pickup in the spring and fall. That seasonal pickup of bagged yard waste would be composted.

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