Youngstown’s new program finishes first week of trash pickup

The city's contract with Waste Management would have skyrocketed from $2 million to $3 million

City workers finish their first week of collecting garbage in Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Workers finished their first week collecting Youngstown’s garbage since the city began overseeing trash pickup.

The City of Youngstown’s contract with Waste Management would have skyrocketed from $2 million to $3 million. Rather than renew, the city chose to start their own service instead.

It hired Michael Turner from Waste Management to run the new department.

“I was surprised that the city wanted to take that avenue but in the same respect, I understood,” he said.

Turner helped rent trucks, at a cost of $6,000 a month, and then purchase eight new trucks. He also found workers and helped keep the prices down.

He says changes are coming though, including the end of unlimited service.

“In July, the city has bought 22,000 residential carts. They are 96-gallon carts. They’ll go out to each household, and that’s what the people will be allowed to pick up.”

The new city trucks should arrive in June.

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