ARLINGTON, Va. --- The year-round yard waste collection service that was scheduled to start July 1, 2014 will be delayed, Arlington County officials announced Tuesday. The delay is due to pending litigation with unsuccessful bidders. The current level of services for collecting residential curbside trash and recycling will continue uninterrupted on July 1.
Distribution of the new yard waste collection carts that were to be delivered to each Arlington household in August and September will be postponed. The ban on plastic bags for disposal of yard waste will go into effect only when the new service begins. Residents should continue to dispose of yard waste by scheduling a brush pickup, grasscycling, backyard composting or putting it in their trash cart.
“We regret any inconvenience caused by the delay in rolling out this new service,” said County Manager Barbara Donnellan. “The County is working hard to resolve the contractual issues with our residents in mind. We are committed to bringing year-round yard waste collection to our residents as soon as possible.”
Residents will not be charged for services not rendered. The County Board, during its Capital Improvement Program Work Session on Tuesday, adopted an Emergency Ordinance to decrease the Household Solid Waste Rate by $9 per quarter until the yard waste collection program is implemented. Beginning in July, the refuse fee charged on residents’ quarterly utility bill will be lowered to reflect the delayed start date of the yard waste collection program. Charges for the new yard waste program will be applied when the program is initiated.
Residents who received a letter with a new trash and recycling collection day, will still see that change take effect July 1, 2014.
The year-round yard waste program is expected to divert up to an additional 9,000 tons of compostable material from the waste stream, and could increase the residential recycling rate by up to 13 percent.
The County will make an announcement when the new implementation date for year-round yard waste is available.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.