COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Twice-a-week trash pickups in Columbus will soon be coming to an end.
The city is moving to once-a-week collections beginning September 15 as part of a $265 million budget approved by council this week.
The mayor says the city could no longer afford to maintain current waste management services at the same low cost of $15 a month.
One goal of changing trash pickups to once a week is to get residents to recycle more.
We spoke with a few people in Columbus, and some think it will be hard for big families. Others think it will be a big help.
"To encourage the residents of Columbus to recycle, not only for monetary reasons but for environmental would help," said resident Theresa Hensley. "If you recycle you can reduce your trash consumption."
"I can see possibly saving money because of the amount of times that they do it," said resident Chris Beckford. "But as for the families, your trash is already overflowing in two or three days."
In addition to the new trash pickup policy, the city is also making changes to recycling. Starting July 6, the city will no longer recycle glass.