No disruption expected for trash pickup

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While limited contact with the public is now in operation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mount Olive officials say they do not anticipate any disruption in trash pickup.

Town Manager Charles Brown said residents will be notified if something changes.

“We will have some backup plans in place to handle it, but I don’t see any reason why it should,” Brown said.

Trash pickup costs the town about $250,000, annually, making it one of the most expensive services it provides.

Officials have been reviewing the issue amid numerous public complaints about service.

Brown said there were ideas about the town going back into the pickup service business, itself, but leaders found the option is not financially feasible for the upcoming fiscal year budget.

“I don’t think we will be able to pull it off in this budget year, because it would cost us about what we currently budget for the service,” Brown said. “There are a lot of moving parts in getting back into trash collection, and I just don’t see us doing that right now.”

There is a lot that has to happen before that can take place, he added. He again stressed that he sees no disruption in refuse pickup due to the current health crisis.

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