Apex sees changes in trash pick-up

aramos@newsobserver.comApril 10, 2014 

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    For questions about trash pick-up changes, call 919-362-8676. For questions about yard waste pick-up, call 919-249-3427.

— More than half of Apex homes will soon have a new trash day.

Waste Industries, which contracts with Apex for garbage and recycling pick-up, has redrawn its route maps to be more efficient and accommodate growth, said Stacie Galloway, spokeswoman for the town.

The new trash schedule will also mean a new yard-waste collection day for a handful of Apex neighborhoods, Galloway said.

“We try not to have our trucks and the Waste Industries trucks out at the same time,” she said.

The changes will go into effect on Monday. Waste Industries has been making new routes for all the Wake County towns it serves, including Holly Springs.

Like other western Wake County towns, Apex has experienced exponential residential growth in the past decade, and the trend is expected to continue.

Apex has about 42,000 residents and is projected to have about 80,000 by 2030, according to the town’s planning department.

Residential construction has continued to spike upwards, with the town set to approve about 811 new units this year.

About 12,000 Apex residences will be affected by the trash pick-up change. Waste Industries started notifying homeowners with a post card at the beginning of April and followed up with automated calls.

The new schedule for each neighborhood is posted on the town’s website, www.apexnc.org/routes.

Apex will also post the changes in the coming days on social media.

But even with the notifications, Galloway said the town is expecting there will be an adjustment period.

“We’re sure after the first day, when someone’s trash wasn’t picked up, that we will get some calls,” Galloway said.

Kelly Road closures

A new trash and recycling day isn’t the only change Apex residents will see Monday.

Work on replacing the Kelly Road Bridge is expected to begin Monday, which will mean some road closures.

The section of Kelly Road from Beaver Creek Trail to Kelly Road Park will be closed until Nov. 15. Detour routes are along Olive Chapel Road and Apex Barbecue Road.

The new two-lane bridge will be longer, wider, and higher over the existing stream.

A new greenway has been incorporated into the design and will be part of the future network that connects Kelly Road Park to the new Apex Nature Park on Evans Road near Apex Barbecue Road.

Ramos: 919-460-2609; Twitter: @AlianaCaryNews

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