Board to Consider Revised Residential Trash Ordinance
Posted on Thursday September 20, 2012
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will give consideration to a revised residential trash collection ordinance in October. The plan would offer existing residents an opt-out option while also establishing the Town as the provider of residential trash collection services.
Following initial consideration on September 11, the Atoka Board of Mayor and Aldermen directed staff to prepare a revised ordinance for future consideration that would clarify the Town's role in refuse collection while also addressing the concerns of existing citizens who do not currently have residential trash collection services. 

The revised ordinance would offer a period of at least 45 days during which existing citizens could complete a simple opt-out form to decline residential trash service.  Residents not wishing to receive the service would simply return the opt-out form and would not be added to the service.  Any resident choosing to decline the service initially would be eligible to request the service in the future.  New residents to the community will be automatically enrolled in trash collection service. 

The ordinance also clarifies that while residents may opt out of the service, those residents who desire to receive residential trash collection services must receive those services through the Town.  A copy of the ordinance is available by clicking on the document link above. 

The Town is considering launching the residential refuse collection on January 1, 2013 at a proposed monthly rate of $15.00 per single-can customer.  Additional trash cans will be available for purchase and collection for an additional charge. 

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold a work session prior to final consideration of the proposed ordinance.  Those dates have not yet been established but will be published online and in various posting locations once confirmed. 


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