The city of Lansing is set to phase out the use of city trash bags in favor of a streamlined cart pick-up.
With the cart system, residents are set up with an account to pay their bill, which notifies the Capital Area Recycle and Trash department to which addresses to make a stop. With the bags, residents simply purchased bags but had no account with the city.
Lori Welch is an Environmental Specialist for the City of Lansing. She said the switch will allow less impact to the roads and vehicles as well as save on gas.
“The city trash bag service has been around for decades,” said Welch. “We don’t know where they’re going to be and therefore the drivers have to drive every city street, every week looking for those bags.”
Welch also said the bags are sometimes ripped open by animals or the elements.
“This will eliminate that problem – keeping trash safe and secure in a cart, where it’s resistant to pests and so forth.”
Lansing residents have until the end of the year to use any remaining city trash bags, and can purchase bags will while supplies last.
The city offers a variety of sizes for residents to purchase. They come in a 32-gallon, 65-gallon and 95-gallon size. There are also options for weekly and bi-weekly pick up for the 32-gallon option.