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Near the conclusion of last night's Charlotte City Council business meeting, Councilman John Autry asked his colleagues to remove the proposed changes to the multifamily trash collection policy from the ongoing budget discussion and refer it back to the Environment Committee for a more comprehensive review. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey and unanimously approved.

Autry, who will be leaving Council in January to become the new State Representative for House District 100, asked for at least six months to review the city's 25-year-old Solid Waste policy, to look at opportunities for modernization and examine what other cities around the country are doing with regard to trash collection.

The decision means that no changes will be made this year to the city's trash collection policy. Earlier this year, staff had recommended the elimination of trash collection for rental apartments in Charlotte, while proposing that service continue for all owner-occupied multi-family communities, as well as for all single-family homes and townhomes.