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Households encouraged to pick smallest trash cart

Changes in trash pickup are coming to Sharon this summer, but residents must take action now and choose which size trash cart they would like.

The town is switching to automated collection on July 1, and if residents don’t make a selection by Feb. 15, the smallest cart, which holds 35 gallons, will be delivered to them.

The wheeled carts are available in three sizes: 35, 65, and 96 gallons, which are on display in the town hall. They can be ordered at www.townofsharon.net.

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Quarterly fees for trash collection will be $72.50, $89.50, or $104, depending on the cart size each household selects. There is no fee for the cart.

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The carts are expected to be delivered in mid-June. Households are limited to one trash container, which is similar to the carts used for recyclables collection since 2010.

The town is encouraging residents to select the smallest tote, which can fit an average of three kitchen garbage bags. The smaller tote is more sustainable, and qualifies the town for state grants that support its recycling efforts, according to the town.

The town is providing 10 free “overflow” bags to each household that selects the 35-gallon tote. Trash that does not fit into the carts will only be picked up in these overflow bags, which will have the town seal on them. Packages of five overflow bags will be sold for $12 at stores around Sharon.

The town is using the savings from automated trash collection to expand recyclables collection to every week, beginning July 1, according to town officials.

Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at jill.ramos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.