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Dec 31, 2011


Sunday-Monday New Year’s Schedule Creates Staffing Issue for Both City and Contractor


SOMERVILLE - In a last-minute reversal of its previously announced intentions - and a citywide call on Friday, December 30th - the City of Somerville announced today that municipal trash and recycling pickup for the week of January 2, 2012 will follow a holiday schedule, with pickups occurring one day later than normal across the city.  Residents should put out their trash one day after their regular day, as is usual in a week with an official Monday holiday.  Because New Year's Day, a national holiday, falls on a Sunday this year, the official observance of the holiday will occur on Monday, January 2nd.

"Initially, we had planned to stick with a regular pickup schedule for the first week of 2012," said city spokesman Tom Champion.  "That's what we announced in our earlier press release and that's what I told residents in a citywide phone call last night.  But it has become clear that both the city and its contractor, Russell Disposal, will have significant problems staffing a pickup on Monday, the observed New Year's holiday, so we're going with a typical holiday pickup schedule."

"It's very late notice, for which we apologize.  But from a cost and operational perspective, this is the best solution," Champion said.  "Now the challenge for the City is to get the word out in time, using all of the means at our disposal, including another citywide phone call and the information hotline." (The City's telephone information hotline number is 617-628-7669.)

Champion noted that, despite the City's effort to maintain a normal trash pickup schedule during the week after Christmas, only a few residents in the Monday pickup zone put out their trash on their regular pickup day.  "Many residents will continue to assume that we're on a holiday schedule - and now they'll be right.  For everyone else, we offer a sincere apology for the confusion - and, of course, wish them a very Happy New Year."