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Raleigh residents on 'honor system' for trash assistance

Posted November 12, 2009

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— Raleigh residents are on the honor system to certify they are too infirm to take their garbage cans to the curb for weekly trash collection, the city decided Thursday.

The city's Need Assistance Program allows residents who are disabled or anyone 65 and older an exemption from bringing their cans to the curb. Instead, city workers retrieve trash from the back yard of registered properties.

To prevent abuse of the program, the city decided to send a letter outlining the qualifications to the 4,700 Raleigh households on the assistance list. They’ll be asked to sign the letter and send it back. When new households apply for the program, they’ll be asked to provide documentation of age or disability.

City Manager Russell Allen said the move was prompted by the realization that Raleigh had about twice the registered households as a similar program in Charlotte.

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  • ranquick Nov 12, 2009

    the honor system use to work but then people lear they could abuse and use to system while other pay for it, it time to make these people realize they is no more abusing and using the system. If it mean they must prove they need this service then that is the way it needs to be!

  • timothycapwell Nov 12, 2009

    Meekerville! God love ya. No wait, god help us that live in Raleigh.

  • working for deadbeats Nov 12, 2009

    I can't pay..so can I have my service for free? Scouts honor!