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"Pay as you Throw" Service Proposal

The City of Wausau's Finance Committee wants to change the way your trash gets picked up.

"The garbage and recycling service is off the tax rolls, and will be paid for by homeowners through their water or sewer bill."

Bill Nagle is the alderman for Wausau's 1st ward. He says the way garbage is picked up now isn't necessarily a problem, but it could be better.

"We need to get rid of the garbage properly," says Bill, "we need to recycle as much as we can, and the homeowner needs to save as much money as they can."

The new service would require homeowners to buy or rent a garbage bin from the city. Each bin would be a different size and a different price, depending on how much trash you put out. Something that can save more than money.

"The cities that have done this, have found that the recycling part of the garbage really increases, far more recycling goes on," explains Bill, "because the recycling bin the city gives you is very large."

Bill says the new service would also help keep the streets clean. There'd be no more bags to pick up and get torn into by raccoons, squirrels or dogs.

The proposal still needs to be approved by the City Council. If it is approved, the new service could be up and running by 2015.


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