Binghamton residents will receive a break on trash fees for two collection days next month.

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Mayor Richard David said the free trash pick-up will be provided from August 1 through August 11.

During that period, residents will be allowed to leave garbage and bulk trash items at the curb without the need to use "official" blue city garbage bags or pink bulk item stickers normally required for pick-up.

Free collections will occur on the usual trash days in city neighborhoods.

There will be a six-item limit per household each day. The limit is for bulk items, garbage bags or a combination of the two.

The mayor said he's heard complaints from city residents about properties where trash has been allowed to accumulate in yards or on porches. He said the free trash pick-up will help clean up the city.

During the initiative, the city plans to increase the number of garbage trucks on the road each day from six to nine. Shifts for sanitation workers will be extended by two hours to help deal with the expected increase in trash.

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