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The City of Lodi will be moving to automated garbage and recycling collection with an official start date of January 1, 2018. The collection program will include the use of carts instead of City of Lodi garbage bags and small recycling bins. Each cart is the property of Columbia County Solid Waste.
Carts will be delivered to city residences, as well as small businesses that elect to use the city’s program. Columbia County Solid Waste will deliver the carts beginning in early December 2017. One gray garbage cart and one blue recycling cart will be delivered. Once the carts are delivered, residents can begin to use them.
All residents will initially receive the 95-gallon cart. Residents who prefer a smaller sized cart will have until February 28, 2018 to swap the 95-gallon carts for 65-gallon carts by calling Columbia County Solid Waste directly at 608-742-6651. Those who would like to swap their cart sizes can do so one time.
The new automatic collection program includes a change to collection frequency. Both garbage and recycling will still be collected Wednesdays. However, garbage will be collected each week while recycling will be collected every other week. A recycling collection schedule will be sent with December utilities bills.
There will be a change in how the program fees are collected. The new program will include an annual fee of $147.00 collected through property tax bills as a special charge. This annual fee will pay for the collection of one garbage cart and one recycling cart. Previously, the program was funded through a $40.00 special charge on property tax bills and on a pay-per-bag basis. Unfortunately, the old pay structure was no longer supporting the program. On average, residents can expect to save roughly $0.70 per month with the new program.
More information can be found through the Garbage and Recycling webpage.