By Margie Plunkett

    Delray Beach is stocking up on garbage carts, getting ready for barrier island residents to have regular curbside trash pickup rather than rear-door service.
    The island neighborhood is going to curbside pickup on April 1, when residents’ monthly bills will decrease from $24.01 to $13.61. Residents are already required to bring recycling waste to the curbside.
    City commissioners in February authorized the purchase of $58,150 worth of garbage containers in varying sizes from Otto Waste Systems, which has been approved as a sole-source supplier. The containers range in size from 35 to 95 gallons, and in price to the city from $36 to $53. They are “hot stamped” with the city’s logo and serial numbers, have rubber tires and black lids.
    A medium-sized, 68-gallon container will be provided by the city and delivered to each single-family residence in March. Residents who want smaller or larger garbage containers are urged to contact the code enforcement division. The division will also pick up old containers at the request of residents.
    Rear-door pickup was dropped for the barrier island after a survey in December 2010 that showed 62 percent of respondents preferred curbside pickup.
    Rear-yard pickup was among the complaints that kicked off a city inquiry into its garbage collection billings and processes. Waste Management is the current provider of the twice-a-week pickups.     

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