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South End pilot program cuts time residents can take out trash

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  March 1, 2013 02:33 PM

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The city is limiting the amount of time trash can sit out in some parts of the South End as part of four-month pilot program designed to keep city streets cleaner.

Starting Friday, residents living in the boundaries of Tremont Street, East/West Concord Street, Harrison Avenue, and Massachusetts Avenue will only be allowed to put out their trash for collection between 11 p.m. the night before scheduled trash pick-up and 7 a.m. the morning of trash pick-up.

Trash and recycling are collected on Tuesdays and trash is collected again on Fridays in the South End. Current rules allow residents to put out their trash after 5 p.m. the night before trash pick-up and before 7 a.m. the day of trash pick-up.

The shortened window is meant to improve the cleanliness of the neighborhood by limiting the amount of time trash is on sidewalks and in alleys exposed to the elements, animals and pests, and trash pickers.

The city’s Inspectional Services Department’s code enforcers can fine residents and property owners $25 for putting out trash before 11 p.m.

The city and the South End neighborhoods will evaluate the success of the pilot program in June to determine if it should be expanded to the whole neighborhood.

Trash and recycling dates and storing procedures will stay the same during the pilot.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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