Charlotte residents could pay for volume of trash is thrown out

by: Scott Wickersham Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte is considering making people pay for trash pickup based on how much they throw away but that would force people to go back to piling up bags of trash on the street.

Charlotte picks up trash each week with some garbage carts half full while some overflow.

Some say that paying for how much trash is thrown away would encourage recycling.

The system suggested by a Raleigh company would have residents buy bags for their garbage that would be a certain color and throw them in the 96-gallon rolling carts.

Residents would have to use an official paid-for bag monitored by the truck drivers.

However, people could throw their trash in other carts, illegally dumping them at businesses or anywhere else like on the side of the road.

The city said it needs to do something to cover growing waste disposal costs and save space in landfills.

The city is still early phases of discussion and it hasn’t decided whether to consider increasing the solid waste fee.

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