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Cincinnati dumps trash collection policy

CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley in changing up the city's trash collection policy.

Cranley wants to dump the one can per family policy. He says many families can't stuff all of their trash in just one barrel and that leads to other problems.

"There were a lot of folks who just illegally dumped and we've seen a huge increase in illegal dumping," said Cranley.

Deputy public works director Marakeshia Smith says the one can per household policy poses a hazard to trash collectors.

"Because of the way some residents placed trash out....we had employees getting needle sticks, we had employees with acid burns so it was just really unsafe," Smith said.

Under the new policy, residents can have as many trash carts as they want, but they'll have to buy them and the city will pick up those carts four days a week instead of five.

"Basically we saw some efficiencies with the new system so we are able make all the routes adjusted into four days a week," said Smith.

The fifth day will be devoted to picking up illegally dumped trash.

The city is making the transition using analytic software called RouteSmart. The program divides the city into four equal pieces to manage a four day route. The new collection plan is designed to make trash pick-up more efficient.

"I think from an environmental point of view it seems to make sense. It's a great way to get trash off the streets and off the ground," said Caleb Wild, University of Cincinnati grad student."

The city is expected to roll out its new trash pick-up plan in March and some households may find that their trash pick-up day has changed.

See the updated neighborhood trash collection days here.

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