HIGH SPRINGS ‒ It looks as if the City of High Springs has finally settled its waste hauling woes once and for all. Alachua-based Waste Pro will take over as the waste/recycling provider effective May 1. Waste Pro's Municipal Marketer for Northeast Florida Dayna Miller spoke before the High Springs City Commission on Thursday, April 13, saying that the firm is pleased to be working with High Springs again to provide waste hauling services.

Several changes to pick up days and services will come along with this change, and according to High Springs Public Information Officer Kevin Mangan, City staff is pleased with several of the proposed changes and anticipates a high level of customer service from Waste Pro.

Trash collection days will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday each week, depending on the property’s location. The City expects “to have a map of the collection routes and pick up days available for citizens by April 24,” said Mangan.

Yard waste collection will be Wednesday of each week and recycling collection will be on Friday. New Waste Pro carts will be delivered to residents between the dates of April 18 – 30. Residents are encouraged to start using the new carts beginning May 1.

Rather than separating different types of recyclable materials between bins, one bin with a blue body and green lid will serve as a receptacle for all recyclable materials. Lids on recycle carts will keep paper and cardboard dry and help keep paper from flying out of the bin in windy weather.

Yard waste and loose debris such as leaves and palm fronds should not be added to either cart, but should be placed in the property owner’s containers for pick up. Plastic bags are not acceptable for yard waste. Yard waste piles should be no bigger than six feet long, four feet wide and three feet in height. More details about acceptable yard trash and white goods pickups will be available soon on the City’s website.

The old WCA/GFL carts and recycle bins are scheduled to be picked up with regular curbside trash collection on April 28.

Commercial customers will find that beginning the week of April 17, Waste Pro and GFL will start the process of removing GFL commercial frontload containers and delivering Waste Pro containers. GFL will service the Waste Pro containers up until April 28.

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