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Creve Coeur City Council Tables Trash Pickup Fee

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KMOX/Michael Calhoun

KMOX/Michael Calhoun

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CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOX) - A debate continues in Creve Coeur as the city council considers a measure that would require people to pay for full-service trash pickup, a service that has historically been free in the municipality.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Creve Coeur City Council heard from several people who say they don’t mind paying for trash pickup but didn’t like the provision that required elderly people to pay an extra fee for rear-yard pickup, a service which has been free until now.

“My doctor has told me he doesn’t want me to push anything heavy. He does not want me to lift heavy things,” one elderly resident testified.

Another man said the measure is an act of discrimination based on age.

The council passed an amendment stating anyone could apply for a waiver from the rear-yard fee, which is $15 a month, so long as that person had a reason they could not move their trash can. The council tabled the amended measure for two more weeks.

Republic Services, the company which oversees the trash pickup, has said previously that there won’t be a fee for those who are permanently disabled.

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