Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today said he wouldn’t go forward with plans to reduce garbage pickup to every other week.
Murray said the the program would create a hardship for some families and that the potential rate savings to customers of just 8 percent wasn’t enough to offset the 50 percent cut in collection.
The city’s recent pilot program showed the greatest opposition in lower-income and more ethnically diverse neighborhoods. The customer review panel for Seattle Public Utilities also recommended against pursuing the program.
City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, chair of the Utilities Committee, said she supported the move.
“I agree with Mayor Murray that every-other-week garbage collection does not give Seattleites sufficient value to offset the personal costs involved,” said Bagshaw in a prepared statement.
The proposal was initiated by former Councilmember Richard Conlin, who said the city could save more than $6 million annually and reduce truck traffic on city streets by going to every-other-week collection.