The city is continuing a trash pilot program aimed at keeping streets cleaner in parts of the South End and is considering expanding the program to the entire neighborhood this fall.
The trash and recycling placement program established by the Public Works Department in March required residents living in the area bound by Tremont Street, East/West Concord Street, Harrison Avenue, and Massachusetts Avenue 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. The standard rule allows residents to put out their trash as early as 5 p.m.
The time restriction was designed to 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.
Residents in the pilot area have reported the neighborhood is cleaner since the program started, according to the Public Works Department, but many have said the 11 p.m. start time was too late.
To address this complaint, the city extended the time trash can be put out to 9 p.m. the night before pick up starting of July 1.
The city, along with the South End Forum, is also considering implementing the time restrictions throughout the South End starting in the fall. A neighborhood meeting to discuss the program’s possible expansion has been scheduled for September 11 at the South End Library at 6:30 p.m.
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