SAN DIEGO (CNS) - About 14,000 San Diegans will have their trash picked up about 30 minutes earlier under a contract extension approved Wednesday by the City Council's Natural Resources and Culture Committee.

Most people have had their trash picked up about 7 a.m.

"To me, 6:30 a.m. seems ridiculously early to be out with the trucks rolling," Councilwoman Lori Zapf said as she voiced concern about the earlier start time, adding that she had received complaints about 7 a.m. being too early.

The change came at the request of trash haulers, who wanted an earlier start time to ensure enough time to complete their routes, Environmental Services Director Chris Gonaver said.

"In order for our trucks to be able to get off the street and get to the landfill and get back to the parking lot, we need to make sure we started early," Gonaver said.

The city provides trash and recycling services to some 315,000 city residents and small businesses.