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La Vergne leaders consider citywide trash pickup

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LA VERGNE - La Vergne's Board of Mayor and Aldermen heard a presentation on Feb. 28 by David Duke, of Waste Industries, about citywide trash pickup service.

Currently, residents hire their own waste management companies or haul their own trash to a Rutherford County Convenience Center. One convenience center is located on Sand Hill Road in La Vergne.

During the presentation, Duke said people pay on average between $25 and $30 per month. If the city contracted for a single-source trash pickup service, residents would pay significantly less than that amount.

Duke also proposed to offer curbside recycling for residents.

Mayor Senna Mosley asked residents for their feedback about the possibility of offering a curbside trash pickup service through a third-party contractor.

“We heard overwhelmingly that residents were definitely interested, but they had two conditions," she said."First, they wanted to be able to opt in or opt out so they could have a choice in the matter. Secondly, people were interested only if the cost would be significantly less than what is currently available.”

She said a flyer is being distributed across the city that contains false information.

While it is true that elected officials want to hear from citizens, the Rutherford County Convenience Center would not close if there was one service provider providing for trash collection.

“Stating that the county convenience center in La Vergne would close is absolutely false,” Mosley said. “We received an e-mail from Mac Nolen, who is director of the Solid Waste Department and the landfill for the county. He said that even if a curbside collection is started, the convenience center would still be needed to accept items that are not picked up by the city.”

At this time, plans have not been made to move forward with a single-source trash service.

“We wanted to clarify for residents that the city is not pursuing this at this time nor will the convenience center be closing," she said. "Anytime there is false information being shared, we want to arm our citizens with the truth so they will know the real facts rather than being a victim of rumors.”

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Convenience Center, Environment, La Vergne, Public Policy, Public Works, Rutherford County, Senna Mosley, Solid Waste, Trash, Waste Industries
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