Take Out the Trash

By: AP
By: AP

How's this for penny pinching?
To save money on janitorial services, El Paso County employees and even elected officials will have to take out their own trash and in some cases clean their own restrooms.
Commissioners of the county that includes Colorado Springs say the cleaning contract cuts are saving nearly 300-Thousand dollars. But County Administrator Jeff Greene says he's hearing grumbling from some county employees and says officials may re-evaluate the change.
Green says already there's a build-up of trash in public areas, and it's starting to stink.
Under the cash-strapped county's new rules, officials and employees will empty their trash cans, take recyclables to a central collection point, dust work areas and clean up their spills.
County employees' offices, administrative areas, employee restrooms and break rooms will be cleaned weekly instead of daily. Public restrooms will still be cleaned every day, but if those employee-only restroom need more than one freshening a week, employees will have to do it themselves.


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