ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Some St. Paul residents are talking trash about a new system to haul garbage in the capital city.
Starting Oct. 1, people can no longer choose their own trash hauler.READ MORE: Alliance Seeks To Preserve Duluth's Most Endangered Buildings
The city has put together a consortium of 15 collectors which are assigned to neighborhoods. Residents choose a garbage cart size that will cost between $20 and $34 a month.
There is no way to share services with neighbors or opt out of the system.READ MORE: Sen. Omar Fateh Says Charter Amendment Vote Gives Mpls. Chance For 'New Approach To Public Safety'
Some residents say their bills will go up substantially.
“I’m not against organized trash collection, I’m against the fact it’s so black and white and every unit needs to have a trash container,” said Kate Hebel, a St. Paul resident. “I would think the city should be all about recycling instead of trash.”
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St. Paul officials say the change to citywide collection will be more efficient by cutting down on alley traffic.