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Resolution could signal Longview sanitation plan passage

Resolution could signal Longview sanitation plan passage
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 11:33am

UPDATED: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 11:44am

The Longview City Council could preliminary thumbs up Thursday to a revamped sanitation plan by asking that it be part of the proposed 2013-14 budget.

The council is scheduled to consider a resolution supporting the Simplified Recycling Proposal, which would give 95-gallon garbage and recycling carts to each customer who wanted one, free of charge, and reduce pickup of trash, recycled materials and bulky items to once a week for all city residents.

It would also save Longview residents from a $1 per month increase in their sanitation rates.

While the council’s resolution of support would not be binding when members finalize a budget Aug. 29, its passage would indicate support of the sanitation proposal.

The aim of the plan is to meet a request from the council to increase residents’ participation in recycling, which puts money in the city’s coffers and reduces the amount of refuse taken to the landfill, which also saves money.

“Our system has been for so long, ‘We are going to collect trash and bury it.’ That has been the plan, and we can’t really think that way any more,” said Dwayne Archer, Sanitation and Fleet Services manager when he announced the plan in June — before three public forums to discuss the overhaul.

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