By Dan Spalding
WARSAW — It’s going to be very hard for residents of Warsaw to not realize their trash routes could be changing.
Public Works Superintendent Dustin Dillon recapped the rationale and details behind the upcoming revamped trash route schedule to City Council on Monday night, Sept. 20.
The city provides trash service to about 4,700 residences and about 40% of the routes will change on Oct. 4.
The city first announced the changes Friday.
Dillon said they’re making a strong effort to ensure everyone is aware of the changes. That will include the delivery of packets that will be attached to their garbage cans next week. The packets will also include a holiday schedule for trash pickup for the rest of the year and for 2022.
The changes are needed to improve efficiencies and will result in a savings of about 15 work hours for the department.
“That’s 15 hours a week, easily, that we can free up and do something else and give taxpayers a little more bang for their buck, which is huge,” Dillon said.
Making the changes will mean trash service should be complete by noon every day, Dillon said.
The new plan eliminates situations where some streets have had trash pickups spanning more than one day. Center Street, one of the main thoroughfares in the city, has had trash pickups on all five weekdays.
In the future, it will be divided into two – east of the downtown and west of the downtown.
“Residents don’t want to look at trash cans for multiple days of the week,” Dillon said.
The routes are designed to handle new residential growth in the future. The new schedule should be good for 10 years, he said.
There will be no change in the recycling schedule, he said.
Dillon said the new routes will also help streamline loose-leaf pickup.