CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new arrangement to distribute trash bags to Charleston residents is meant to provide convenience, the city manager said Monday.
The deal with Waste Zero Inc. for $320,000 will also save the city about $35,000 a year, according to David Molgaard.
Starting around September, residents who've received a voucher can pick up the black bags used for trash -- and clear bags for recycling -- at retail stores around the city.
In another six months, the bags will again be available for pickup.
City officials also won't set just one particular day to pick up trash bags, Molgaard said.
In the past, the city designated one day and one location for residents to pick up the bags.
"They will be where people generally do their shopping. ... They won't have to make a special trip," he said.
Waste Zero will handle the distribution, which, in turn, saves the city money on overtime pay, among other things, Molgaard said. And even though the county is saving money, the quality of the bags will be better, an official with the company said, adding that the bags will have a drawstring tie.
Four city council members, however, don't support providing citizens with trash bags and voted against the measure.
Councilman Chris Dodrill said he thinks it's a waste of money, adding that the new manager of the recycling center will have to discard of the clear plastic bags because the bags aren't compatible with new recycling equipment.
"It should have been a reduction at least.