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Garbage collection days in Jeannette to change for some July 8

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 9:04 p.m.

Starting next week, some City of Jeannette residents will have a new garbage pick-up day and all residents' recycling weeks will change.

Next week, beginning July 8, the entire city will have its recycling picked up on their garbage collection day. After next week, the recycling will rotate every other week, but that collection will continue to be on the usual garbage pick-up day.

For some residents, those pick-up days will be different starting July 8.

Residents of West Jeannette, South Seventh Street, Eighth Street, Columbia Court and Bullitt Avenue will have garbage collection on Tuesdays.

Residents of Clark Avenue, Highland, Prospect, Fairview, Beal, Shrader, Western and Old Hill Road will have garbage pick-up on Thursdays.

Landlords are responsible for notifying tenants of these changes.

Residents who live on any street not listed will not have any change in collection days — only the city-wide change in recycling dates.

Stickers announcing the changes were attached to the sanitation bills, which were mailed last week.

These changes were made in an effort to consolidate some residential and commercial routes and to beef up the street department crew. Collecting all recycling throughout the city within the same week will free up two workers every other week. In the previous schedule, the route called for two workers to man a recycling collection vehicle every day there was a collection.

The “off” recycling week will see those two employees working on the street crew.

The street department is routinely understaffed and many days has just one person available for that work. Because the sanitation department takes priority, when there are vacations or illnesses, street department workers fill in on the garbage crew. Many projects aren't possible to complete with one worker, said councilwoman Kathie Tanyer.

Changing the day some residents will have their garbage collected will add two more people to the street crew on Wednesdays. The two routes previously collected on Wednesdays were combined, freeing up two workers each Wednesday, every week, for street projects.

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 724-838-5154.