Majority of families give automated solid waste collection pilot program a thumbs up

Published: Jun. 7, 2017 at 5:13 PM CDT
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About twenty-five hundred households took part in the automated solid waste collection pilot program, where automated trucks picked up trash, yard waste and recyclables.

The pilot ran from November of last year until April. Each home was given two 96 gallon carts, one for yard waste and one for recyclables.

85 percent of those surveyed said they were either totally or mostly satisfied. The rest were only partly satisfied or not happy at all with it.

70 percent strongly favor moving into this kind of system, rather than the current 18 gallon bins collected weekly.

Nearly 60 percent of people indicated that they recycled more than they did with the pilot program compared to the existing program.

It wasn’t all positive though, there were comments made about the size of these carts.

One complained that he couldn't empty his grass clippings into the bins. Others said it was difficult to fit two of these, let alone one, into their garage.

Others made comments suggesting that the size isn’t necessarily a disadvantage. Some of the families saidthey are much sturdier, the wheels make it easy to move the carts around and it's easier than storing so many 32-gallon cans.