DILWORTH — Big changes are coming to Dilworth regarding the city's garbage pickup and recycling collection.
A public meeting is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Dilworth Community Center to address questions people may have regarding the changes, one of the biggest being curbside pickup of recyclable materials.
Currently, Dilworth residents take items for recycling to a collection center at 202 Second Ave. SE.
Curbside pickup of recyclables will begin in October and happen every other Wednesday, with half the city seeing pickup one week and the other half of town seeing pickup the next week.
Recycling pickup will start Oct. 2 for Zone 1 and Oct. 9 for Zone 2.
Glass will not be allowed in the curbside recycling pickup, but glass can still be dropped off at the central drop-off location residents now use.
And when it comes to plastics, the only types allowed for curbside pickup are plastics numbered either 1, 2 or 5. Plastic bags will not be accepted in curbside recycling.
Dilworth garbage pickup will remain on Tuesdays for all residents, but how people set out their garbage will change.
Currently, residents can set out up to two 32-gallon garbage cans, which are owned by residents, with workers manually emptying the containers into garbage trucks.
Under the new plan, Fuchs Sanitation will provide residences with one 64-gallon container that will be emptied by trucks using a robotic arm.
As part of the upcoming changes, starting in October there will be no residential street or avenue parking in Dilworth between the hours of 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
That will allow for garbage and recycling pickup and make general street cleaning and maintenance easier, according to City Administrator Peyton Mastera.
Mastera said the changes will affect what residents pay for garbage and recycling services.
Currently, he said, residents pay $20 a month for garbage pickup. Under the new arrangement, residents will pay $22.35 a month for garbage and recycling pickup.