City Cutting Back on Alley Trash Pick-Up

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The City of Cheyenne is changing the way it picks up your trash.
Some residents will have to change where they leave their trash for the city to pick-up and many aren't too happy about it.
Cheyenne has approximately 20,500 customers that use its sanitation services and many of them are receiving this postcard in the mail this week, stating that beginning Monday, May 5, the city will only be doing curb-side pickup on their street and no longer picking up containers left in the alleys.
"Through review and study over a couple of years we have been inefficient as far as providing that alley service for the pickup of the containers," said Mayor Rick Kaysen.
City trash vehicles are larger now than they have been in the past, too big for some of the city's alleys.
"We're causing damage to personal property, even though our drivers are trained to be cautious, situations are going to happen," Kaysen said.
The city believes this change will results in big savings.
Residents like Ron Langley aren't sure the savings are worth it for the citizens.
"I know that it's a city problem, but they're making it a citizens problem," Langley said.
Older residents, like himself, who have no pathway from his alley to his curb on Carey Avenue, are going to have a hard time during the snowy winter months.
"There's other people that don't have a snow plow and it's going to be impossible for them a percentage of the time to ever get their trash out," Langley said.
Langley doesn't mind the change he just wants the city to give him options.
"If they want to do it, fine, at least let us hire somebody else that will do it or raise the price. I'd be willing to pay a little more to have that done," Langley said.
Mayor Kaysen said the city has a policy in place for the elderly and people with health conditions who are not able to move their containers. They can call the sanitation department at 307-637-6440 and make arraignments to pick up trash in the alley.
“We will continue to monitor and make those modifications if necessary and where necessary,” Kaysen said.

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