Nov 18, 2013 10:40 AM by AP
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - It may cost you a bit more to have a couch or appliance picked up by Shreveport garbage collectors next year.
The city public works department's budget calls for starting a collection program in the spring that would require residents to set appointments to have furniture, appliances, tires and other bulk items picked up. Currently, residents put those items out with their garbage bins, straining city resources because collecting them requires a different type of truck.
The Times reports the Shreveport City Council directed the city administration during Saturday's budget session to develop a fee structure for bulk collections, which could be presented for council consideration alongside the proposed program ordinance by the spring. The program is estimated to cost just more than $1 million.