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Mayor: Trash Cans in Parks Will Not Be Removed

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen says the city's public trash cans are staying despite reports saying otherwise.

The public trash cans at Annapolis' city parks will remain despite reports to the contrary, said Mayor Josh Cohen.

"I have no plans to go trash free in the parks," Cohen said.

The city decided to privatize its trash and leaf removal services as part of its 2013 budget, which passed in June. Bates Trucking and Trash Removal started emptying residents' bins in September, but the company was not contracted to empty the cans in the city's public parks.

Employees from the Department of Public Works have been emptying the cans while the city decides if that's feasible as a permanent solution.

All Maryland State Parks are "trash-free parks," meaning they have no trash cans and encourage visitors to take their trash with them, according to its website. The idea of removing all the bins from Annapolis parks was floated as a solution, but then quickly quashed. 

"When I found out about it, I said 'no way,'" Cohen said.

The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the city was revisiting the idea of removing the cans, but Cohen told Patch on Thursday that's not going to happen.

It's likely the city will add recycling bins to city parks instead.

Dana Caffrey January 27, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I also do believe that parks should not bre trash free. Garbage is inevitable when there are people around especially at parks, so it's necessary. http://www.trashcansunlimited.com/

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