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Spokane asks residents to leave trash on curb by 7 a.m. starting Feb. 27

A 68-gallon trash cart will cost Spokane homeowners 87 cents more a month beginning in 2018, part of a 2.9 percent increase across all utilities approved by the City Council on Monday night. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Starting next month, Spokane residents will be asked to get their trash to the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day.

Five trash collection routes are being eliminated within the city beginning Feb. 27, following a move of the city’s solid waste equipment to a new facility in the Chief Garry Park neighborhood. The changes to routes will mean trucks arrive at times other than what residents have become accustomed to, and if you can’t leave your carts out in the morning, officials suggest leaving them out the night before.

“We have reduced the number of routes and gained some efficiencies, but to be successful, we need help from our customers,” said Scott Windsor, director of the city’s Solid Waste Department, in a news release announcing the changes Wednesday morning.

Scheduled collection days will not change for residents, only the time trucks arrive to collect waste, the city said.

Residents are also asked to place their carts for trash, recycling and yard waste at the curb, at least three feet apart, so that automated trucks can pick them up without hassle.

The city also prepared this video to explain the changes, which they say will reduce overhead costs for collection:

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