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Nothing kills an appetite more quickly than the smell of rotting garbage.
Friday, March 8, 2013
At this writing, the wind prods pedestrians to quicken their already brisk steps as they hasten along downtown sidewalks. But it won’t be long now until the warmth of spring draws office dwellers for a late afternoon stroll or an early dinner downtown. An idyllic city scene fouled by the whiff of rotting garbage.
By summer, though, strollers needn’t worry about dodging trash cans set out for the city’s 3 p.m. trash run, and the only bottles sidewalk diners should see are those of the cold ones their waiters set before them. A pleasant sight compared with containers of empties now placed curbside for the 6 p.m. recyclable run.
Yes, finally, Roanoke’s central core will no longer be littered with the collection of commerce’s refuse. The solid waste department is preparing a gated area off Kirk Avenue that will provide a sealed trash compactor and recycling containers for use by businesses within the Central Business District’s core, defined by Norfolk Avenue to the north, Church Avenue to the south, Williamson Road to the east and Jefferson Street to the west.
Rather than hold trash until the afternoon run, businesses will wheel their garbage anytime, any day to the secured and camera-monitored site. And they should save on their monthly bills, especially if they recycle. Currently, small businesses pay $70 a month, and restaurants and large businesses pay $120 a month for trash collection. Once the compactor is in service, which will lift and flip containers much the same as trucks do now, the first two uses are free. After that, it’s a dollar a use, with the maximum fee capped at the current rate.
It’s a long overdue and welcome change.
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