County slates forums on trash-district plan

St. Louis County officials have scheduled two public forums to further explain the county’s pending trash-district system in unincorporated areas and allow residents more opportunities to provide input.

Forums are scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Parkway South Middle School, 760 Woods Mill Road, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Affton High School, 8309 Mackenzie Road.

County officials at each forum will present information about the County Council-approved plan to divide unincorporated areas into eight to 10 trash districts. The new trash system will hand authority to the County Council to award a contract to one trash hauler in each district to ensure uniform service.

County officials also have recommended setting standards in each district of once-per-week pickup, recycling and twice-per-year bulk pickup. Additionally, a statement recently released by St. Louis County officials states that the single-hauler trash districts “will eliminate the widespread phenomenon of multiple hauling firms servicing the same residential street.”