It's back! Norwalk residents can expect to see old couches, rusted grills and other discarded large items lining city streets during the third week of September.
Norwalk's sanitation department will offer a limited fall trash pickup for the week of Sept. 19, city officials announced today.
Households will be allowed to set out two large items for pickup on their normal trash day during this week.
"Due to budget constraints, the annual fall and spring pickups were discontinued last year," Safety/Service Director Linda Hebert said. "Hopefully this limited pickup will offer some relief to residents in consideration of those cuts."
Sanitation Superintendent Jeff Montgomery credits the households who recycle with creating the savings that will pay for this extra pickup.
"Almost 50 percent of the households in Norwalk are now recycling commingle and paper," Montgomery said. "This creates a reduction in the amount of landfill fees paid by the sanitation department."
The pickup will be limited to household items only, such as mattresses, couches or TVs. This does not include extra trash bags or construction debris. Items with freon can only be collected if properly tagged that the freon has been removed.
Residents may still purchase tickets for additional items at City Hall for pickup on their normal trash day. The cost is $10 for large items and $3 for trash bags.
"We are glad we can offer residents this limited pickup," Mayor Sue Lesch said. "I want to thank the residents who recycle for their contribution not only in saving costs but also in their efforts to help the environment."