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Additional meetings scheduled to discuss trash pick-up

March 7, 2013 

Jeannie Roberts (440) 885-8181 / (216) 346-9935

PARMA, Ohio - The city has added additional meetings in its continuing effort to inform residents about Parma's new automated trash collection program.

The city is embarking on the new program to increase recycling and save $800,000 on its trash collection -- a move that will allow Parma to remain one of the few surrounding communities not to charge residents additional fees for garbage pick-up.

Because of residential interest in the new program, the city is making every effort to accommodate all who want to speak to representatives of Republic Waste about the new procedures.

Two additional meetings have been scheduled for residents in Wards 7, 8 & 9; these are in addition to the meeting for those wards that will be held this evening.

The two new meetings will be held March 13 & 14 and will also be open to residents who have not been able to attend a meeting. All meetings are in City Hall and all are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Residents in wards 7, 8 & 9 have been alerted to the new meetings and have been asked to consider them when making plans to attend.

Mayor Tim DeGeeter stressed that the City is doing everything possible to accommodate residents and to help them prepare for the change.

"If, after these meetings are done, there is still a need for more, we will schedule more," DeGeeter said. "The most important thing is that people understand the program, and we want to do everything we can to help them get there."

DeGeeter added that residents who wish to view the new trash and recycle containers can do so by coming to City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays; he also said that brochures are being mailed to all city residents, and that additional copies of those are available at City Hall or at the meetings.

"We think that, when all is said and done, our residents will enjoy the convenience of the new automated collection and especially the savings that result from it," DeGeeter said. "We are proud of the fact that we have been able to introduce this change without charging residents for trash collection."