The Slidell City Council has voted to return to a twice-weekly residential garbage collection and recycling program. The city picked up trash twice a week for years, but last year the council chose a slightly less expensive program that included once-weekly pickup and curbside recycling. The decision to reduce the frequency of collection was a point of contention for many residents.
Under the new ordinance, the city will pay Coastal $20.75 per household per month for twice-weekly garbage collection and curbside recycling. Residents will pay $12.26 of that in garbage and recycling fees, with the remaining money coming from ad valorem taxes already collected by the city. The new garbage and recycling contract takes effect July 1.
For residents who previously had their garbage picked up on Monday or Thursday, it now will be collected on both of those days. For those who had trash collected on Tuesday or Friday, it now will be collected on both Tuesday and Friday. Recycling will be collected citywide on Wednesdays.