Cary residents to see changes in garbage, recycling pickup

Starting in February, all pickups will be Wednesdays

CARY – The Cary Village Board approved a modified agreement with the village’s garbage and recycling collection company that will bring new services to residents.

The changes will begin in February.

Under the new collection schedule, garbage and recycling throughout the village will be picked up on one day each week – Wednesday. The old schedule had residents putting out waste Monday through Thursday, so most homeowners will have to get in the habit of taking out the garbage and recycling Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

“In addition to this, Advanced Disposal has agreed to boost the services we’re getting,” Mayor Mark Kownick said. “We’ll also be able to put out one large item per week without a bag.”

The free bulk item service would not apply to construction debris, white goods (large appliances), electronics (TVs/monitors) or hazardous materials. 

Advanced Disposal Municipal Marketing Manager Tish Powell said residents also can dispose of electronics at a village collection box without an additional charge.

Advanced Disposal will provide a box at the village’s Public Works facility for unwanted electronics. The company is responsible for switching out the container as needed and paying for transportation costs.

Because of changes in recent state laws, there are fewer local options for residents to dispose of their electronics, according to city documents.

“This service would provide a consistent and easily accessible option for residents to properly dispose of electronics and televisions,” the Nov. 21 meeting agenda read.

During the first full week of February, Advanced Disposal will collect refuse Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so that residents who typically have Monday or Tuesday pickups don’t have to hold onto garbage for more than seven days. The following week, Advanced Disposal will move to the Wednesday only pickup schedule.

Cary’s Spring Clean-Up Program collection schedule was altered, too.

Pickups will take place on one of two designated Saturdays in the spring, depending on the location of the service address.

On the first Saturday, Advanced Disposal will collect from the area northeast of Route 14. The next Saturday, the company will collect from the area southwest of Route 14.

With the old format, Advanced Disposal did Spring Clean-Up Program pickups on the same days as the garbage and recycling routes.

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