Annapolis Rolls Out Trash Education Campaign
Three informational mailers will be sent to residents this summer to help them prepare for major changes to trash and waste removal starting Sept. 1.
Annapolis officials have created a three-part information campaign aimed at educating residents about the privatization of its solid waste removal services.
Solid waste disposal, which includes trash and leaf pickup, will be turned over to Bates Trucking and Trash Removal Sept 1. The conversion was passed as part of the city’s budget for fiscal year 2013.
City Public Information Officer Rhonda Wardlaw said Annapolis launched a three-phase campaign that started the week of July 4 with mailers on current city code.
Wardlaw said the yellow postcards "basically tell you what to put out on the curb."
The cards regurgitate Annapolis City Code regarding trash pickup, which will remain the same even when Bates starts. Some of those changes include: reducing trash pickup to once a week, the suspension of leaf blowing and bulk trash pickup on demand.
The second set of mailers, expected to go out later this summer, will cover what to expect and who to call starting Sept. 1. The third mailer will ask for comments or concerns that still have not been addressed.
City Council seemed surprised by the mailers.
"Have they already gone out? Because we haven’t seen them," said Alderwoman Shelia Finlayson (D-4th Ward).
Twelve people responded to Annapolis Patch's question about the mailers on its Facebook fan page saying they have not received a postcard.
Finlayson recommended the city consider making robocalls for phases two and three.
"They are cheaper than a mailer; they’re more personal, and people pay attention," she said.
Alderwoman Classie Hoyle (D-3rd Ward) said she is concerned about the overall education campaign on these new procedures.
"I can imagine what it is going to be like Sept. 1," Hoyle said.
Several other council members chimed in, and said they have fielded a wide range of questions from constituents about changes to city trash services.
Wardlaw assured the council the city would be doing as much as it can to educate residents about the upcoming changes.
"I want to make sure all of you are comfortable with the information and how it will be presented," Mayor Josh Cohen said.
Have you received a yellow postcard in the mail?