Never fear, the new “Supercans” are nearly here.
In November, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) announced a plan to roll out $9 million worth of new trash and recycling bins to District households in 2014. But his plan for funding the new receptacles — drawing from funds previously earmarked for the city retiree health fund — was voted down by the D.C. Council weeks later.
The Gray administration said it has found a new source of funds, and the first replacement cans are slated to be distributed next month.
They will be paid for out of the city’s Contingency Cash Reserve Fund, which will be replenished when the city’s budget surplus is announced next month, Gray spokesman Pedro Ribeiro said. The move does not require the council’s approval.
Households that get once-a-week trash pickup will get new 96-gallon Supercans in addition to new 64-gallon recycling bins that are double the size of current bins.
In neighborhoods receiving twice-a-week trash pickup, households will get 32-gallon trash cans and 48-gallon recycling bins.
The old cans will be collected by the Department of Public Works and recycled.
A 21-year-old man was fatally shot in the 1300 block of Stevens Road in Southeast on Friday, one of two homicides that day.
Police identified him as Marcus Minor of Northeast Washington.
The victim in the other killing was identified Saturday by police as George Edward Hartzog, 24, of Northeast. He was found in the 4500 block of Quarles Street in Northeast.
— Clarence Williams
and Martin Weil