Franklin residents will be asked to separate yard waste from trash

Published 10:41 am Tuesday, June 19, 2012

FRANKLIN—Separating yard waste and household garbage could result in a $2 monthly savings for Franklin residents.

City Manager Randy Martin told the City Council that enforcing an ordinance that requires the separation also could save $73,000 a year.

“This is such a huge savings for citizens,” Martin said.

The city will collect yard waste weekly and is looking for a contractor to take the waste. Right now, Southeastern Public Service Authority charges $125 a ton to take garbage, which includes yard waste. By sending the yard waste elsewhere, the city can save about $75 a ton.

Residents should have a black can for garbage and a green can for yard debris, said Public Works Director Russ Pace.

Once a contractor is found to take yard waste, the city will send notices to residents about the stepped-up enforcement. They will not be fined for not separating yard waste, but it will not be picked up.