San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego plan to end “free” trash pick up at some homes challenged

The decision by Mayor Jerry Sanders to cut off free trash collection for about 14,200 San Diego households by canceling deals struck decades ago has angered residents who say they are being discriminated against because of where they live.

Councilman David Alvarez, whose district has about 1,400 residences that will lose service, said he’s concerned about senior citizens in mobile-home parks that will be affected.

“For people who are living on fixed incomes already, right now it’s tough for them, and it’s just going to get a little bit tougher if we add another cost,” he said. Alvarez heads the city’s Natural Resources and Culture committee which will hold a hearing on the issue Wednesday.

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