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Raleigh City Council May Consider Curbside Trash Changes

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh City Council committee Tuesday recommended changing the time restrictions on when trashcans can sit on city streets.

The change would allow residents to put their trashcan out at the street beginning at noon on the day before their scheduled pickup. Like the current ordinance, they would still have until sundown the day after the scheduled pickup to put away the trashcans.

"There's got to be some flexibility to allow people to live their lives," said City Councilman Philip Isley.

Council members believe the new time allows that flexibility without jeopardizing the aesthetics of Raleigh neighborhoods.

Right now, residents can put out their trashcans after sundown the day before collection. Residents have complained about having to put their carts out in the dark the night before, and some people have even been fined $50 for putting them out too early in the day.

The City Council was expected to vote on the change Tuesday

Since the new trash collection started last January, the city has issued than 450 tickets, 86 of which were appealed. Only 10 appeals were granted.

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