SHERIDAN, WY— The City of Sheridan will begin testing a new garbage collection system beginning next month.

The Pay-As-You-Throw Pilot Program will begin operation in a test area of Sheridan on November 1st according to Utility Director, Dan Roberts. The program would charge residents for garbage collection services based on the amount of trash disposed of, rather than the flat rate which is currently charged.

Roberts presented results from a recently conducted survey to members of City Council at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday.

The program is aimed at reducing the amount of waste that residents produce, as well as giving residents an opportunity to reduce their utility bill. The city is also hoping to see a 4% increase in recycling in the pilot program area.

Of the residents surveyed, 41% said that they would change their habits to produce less waste if their garbage collection bill increased in price due to the amount of trash they were disposing of.

The test will run in select neighborhoods beginning on November 1st and continue through May 11th, 2020.

At the end of the test, the city will resume normal garbage collecting services until a decision is made if the program will be permanent or not.

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