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Earlier trash wake-up call: Collection in Princeton may begin as early as 6 a.m. if change is approved by council

Witherspoon Street at 8:30 a.m. last week. Photo submitted by a Planet Princeton reader.

The Princeton Council is slated to vote Monday night on an ordinance that will allow the municipality’s trash collector to begin collecting trash at 6 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Trash is not allowed to be collected on Sundays.

Trishka Waterbury Cecil, the lawyer for the governing body, wrote in a memo to the council that the purpose of the change is to help businesses in Princeton’s Central Business District manage trash pick up better and have trash picked up earlier before businesses open.

The change will also allow for missed pickups to be taken care of sooner.

It remains to be seen whether the change in the schedule will mean residents and visitors to the center of town will no longer have to view and navigate piles of trash as they walk along the street. Residents routinely send Planet Princeton photos of the trash piled up along Witherspoon Street some weekday mornings.

Some residents have reached out to Planet Princeton opposing the switch, saying the 6 a.m. change will result in more noise earlier in the morning.

Trash bins on Witherspoon Street just after 8:30 a.m. last week. Photo submitted by a reader.