Dallas Bulky Waste Pilot Program Raises Concern
Bulky waste will be picked up once every three months in designated pilot areas. Sanitation workers say the change is part of the city’s green initiative.
DALLAS – The presence of bulky garbage piles and brush can be a constant concern for some neighbors in the city of Dallas.
Now some residents are concerned, after being told of a new pilot program that the sanitation service is spearheading. The initiative would reduce the collection of bulky waste in some areas. Reduced bulky items collection from monthly to quarterly.
“We’re definitely buzzing about this. We just want to know what’s really going on and why our community is the one chosen for it, ”said Khristine Harris, Oak Park North / Twin Oaks community.
The City of Dallas is launching a “brush and bulky item separation” pilot program between October and December 2021. The sanitation department limits bulky waste collection to once every three months. Regular collection of brushes will continue each month.
So far, six communities have been identified for the pilot program. The neighborhoods include:
- Oak Park North / Twin Oaks
- Ledbetter Gardens / Westmoreland Heights
- Highland Hills
- Pemberton / Trinity Forest
- Casa View Oaks
- Schreiber Manor / Forestcrest Estates
Sanitation service administrators say the rationale for the pilot program to separate brushes and bulky items is twofold. Among the objectives is the promotion of the comprehensive action plan for the climate and the environment of the city.
“Under our current program, brush and bulky waste is picked up in a single pile, in a single curb row, and it all ends up in the landfill,” said Clifton Gillespie, Acting Deputy Director of the sanitation for operations.
He said that under the pilot program, the city will be able to divert green waste, or brush, for beneficial reuse. This includes compost and mulch.
“Our current waste diversion rate is around 20%, and by being able to divert the brush that we collect across town, we estimate that we will double that diversion rate to 40%,” Gillespie said.
The pilot program will also allow the sanitation service to rationalize some of its services.
“Time and time again, what we observe as the most frequently used component of the program is collecting brushes,” Gillespie said.
Still, some neighbors fear that the quarterly collection of bulky waste, as part of the pilot initiative, could lead to landfills, burns and other quality of life issues.
“People are not sticking to the dates to set bulk waste to begin with,” Harris said.
For now, the City is encouraging neighbors in the pilot areas to reduce bulky waste to what can be left in the trash, or to consider using the landfill and transfer stations for larger items.
Community meetings on the brush and bulky item separation pilot program are planned. For more information on the initiative, you can visit Brush and Bulky Item Separation Pilot (dallascityhall.com).