Trash pickup pegged to provide longterm savings


Town officials said providing trash service is a vital cost-saving measure to Mount Olive residents.

The town spends $250,000 a year to contract out its garbage collection.

Beginning in mid-summer, the town’s public works department will handle trash pickup four days a week to approximately 2,500 town residents. Yard waste is scheduled for pickup on Wednesday.

The department will also receive a new garbage truck on July 1. The vehicle is valued at $136,000, but the town is making a considerable down payment and setting up monthly installments at $2,000, according to Town Manager Jammie Royall.

Fleet Management will handle the truck maintenance.

The town has also purchased 2,500 rollout carts that cost about $100 apiece.

Royall said savings will become evident after the first year.


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