Many have adopted Panama City Beach mandatory trash pickup, some still without

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Panama City Beach City council voted in December for mandatory residential trash pickup. Now, six months later, some have adopted the change, while others are holding out.

The ordinance only applies to the Panama City Beach city limits, not the unincorporated parts of Bay County. (MGN)

Panama City Beach City Manager Mario Gisbert says about 5,000 people have adopted the mandatory trash pickup within the city limits, but around 1,700 have yet to do so.

Gisbert says the main complaints they've received are from residents who usually take their trash to a landfill like Steelfield or they're concerned over the cost. He says with six garbage haulers in the area it's possible for residents to negotiate prices down with the respective haulers.

He says many have already adopted the ordinance and he believes it will help keep the beaches clean in the long term.

"The goal is to make sure that we can clean the beach up, and one of those ways is to have a bag of trash that has to go in the back of a car, or the back of a truck, or carried in any other way, shape, fashion, or form other than going into a can and having a professional hauler haul it off," Gisbert said.

The ordinance only applies to the Panama City Beach city limits, not the unincorporated parts of Bay County.

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