City workers in Bellevue are feeling good about the public’s receptiveness to a new citywide waste collection system coming in May.
“It’s been an overwhelmingly positive response,” said Epiphany Ramos, the network administrator for the Bellevue Wastewater Department.
The city has held a series of town halls this month to explain the program to residents and answer questions about how it will work.
Ramos said each town hall held so far has drawn 200 to 300 people, and those people have shown support for the new program.
Under the new system, Papillion Sanitation will provide residents with three separate carts for trash, recyclables and yard waste.
Residents have until Feb. 14 to choose the sizes of the carts that best fit their needs and can choose from 35, 65 and 95 gallons.
Two remaining town halls are scheduled for tonight and Wednesday, each at 7 p.m. At the meetings, Ramos said residents can see the new carts and their different sizes and ask questions.
The city has been monitoring responses from a call center and via social media, too.
Ramos said that with an 80 to 90 percent approval rating, they’re seeing the same level of satisfaction they did in a pilot program that began in November 2015 in two Bellevue neighborhoods.
As the February sign-up deadline gets closer, Ramos said the city will send reminders and information in the mail.
“We’re just really pleased people are coming out and showing they care about the program,” she said.
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Some frequently asked questions about Bellevue’s new citywide trash collection program, beginning in May. For more information on the program, go to yourcartplaysapart.com.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
You can go online to yourcartplaysapart.com, use the mailer sent to you, sign up at a town hall meeting or call 402-346-7800 to sign up for carts and choose your sizes.
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
The signup deadline is Feb. 14.
WHAT IF I MISS IT?
The city will send you 65-gallon carts in April.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT SIZE?
You have 60 days after the April delivery to get a new size. After that, changes can be made once a year.
WHAT ARE THE MONTHLY RATES?
A 35-gallon cart costs $13.40, a 65-gallon costs $16.44 and a 95-gallon costs $18.99. Carts are provided as part of your service.
WHAT IF ALL OF MY TRASH DOESN’T FIT?
For yard waste, you can put it in a biodegradable brown bag and set it beside the cart. For recyclables or trash, call 402-346-7800.
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY OLD CAN?
Papillion Sanitation’s website recommends repurposing trash cans, but if they can be recycled the city is planning to pick them up. The city will post more information when it becomes available.
DO I NEED ALL THREE CARTS?
No. The recycling and yard waste carts aren’t required, but they’re included for no additional fee. And each cart can be a different size, based on your needs.