]A new system for collecting yard debris and outside-the-cart items will be in use by the City of Memphis’ Division of Solid Waste starting May 1.

“At its core, city government’s job is to provide top quality, reliable service to our residents,” said Mayor Jim Strickland. “With this new improvement and added technology, we are doing just that.”

So, what will be new?

Twice per month, on your regular collection day, the city will pick up your garbage inside the cart, your recycling, two bags of yard debris and outside-the-cart debris such as tree limbs and bulkier items.

Residents will be notified on which of their normal collection days they will be permitted to place bulky items and yard debris on the curb (first and third week of the month, or second and fourth week of the month) as indicated by a magnetic calendar residents will receive in the mail.

Resources and information also will be posted on the city website, www.memphistn.gov.

“Folks have enough to worry about without calling someone to pick up their trash,” Al Lamar, director of the Division of Solid Waste said. “That’s why change is coming to the Solid Waste Service Delivery Model effecting OUTSIDE THE CART collections.

“By adding this new level of service, we’re simplifying the process for our residents. Weekly garbage collection will remain the same, except customers will be limited to two bags of yard waste.”

The City of Memphis invested $15 million in new equipment and hired nearly 70 new employees. A new contractor also was added for Cordova and part of Hickory Hill.

A web-based collection calendar tool is available on the City of Memphis website at www.memphistn.gov. Residents will be able to create collection calendars for each month, and sign up for reminders and service change alerts that can be sent to the resident’s email or phone. There will be a searchable guide to help identify where to throw any material. A game dubbed “KNOW WHERE TO THROW” is designed for “fun learning” about recycling and hazardous waste.

(For more information, call 311.)