Source: Troy Daily News | Melanie YingstCity of Troy operations manager Jerry Mullins shows how carts are to be placed on the curb for new trash pick-up system
TROY — The city of Troy is rolling out a new automated trash pick-up program beginning May 1.
Residents will be receiving new trash carts throughout the month of April to streamline the pick-up process for city refuse workers.
The city purchased new trash trucks with an automated arm. The automated arm will pluck the can off the street and dump the can.
The new 65-gallon carts can fit up to six regular trash bags per cart.
The city is requesting residents not to use the new carts until the new trash trucks are on the streets on May 1. The carts are heavier and difficult for workers to lift.
“It’s a much more efficient way to pick up the trash. You don’t have the guys on the back, busting their backs to pick up the trash. It eliminates that labor intensive job of picking up the trash. Most of the communities in the United States pick up their trash in an automated way. This is the system you’ll see most communities going to,” operations manager Jerry Mullins said.
With the automation, carts will need to be placed with at least 3 feet of space between the new trash cart and the recycling carts and other objects. The carts must be 2 feet from the curb with the lid opening facing the street. To allow the trash cart automated arm to spread out and clamp the trash cart, keep at least 3 feet of space away from objects such as fire hydrants, parked cars and mailboxes.
Do not place trash on top of the lid. Keep the lid loose to allow the trash can to be dumped. Special trash, such as discarded furniture, bundled brush and t-bags must be placed behind the carts and will be picked up by a separate truck on the trash day.
If the carts become damaged, for example if the wheels or lid is broken, the city will fix or replace the cart at no cost. The carts are covered under a 10-year warranty.
– Carts must be placed 2 feet from the curb
– Carts must be placed 3 feet away from other objects such as recycling cart and stationary objects like parked cars and hydrants
– Carts must have the wheels towards the curb with the lid opening facing the street
-Carts must be free from objects in front of the cart. All special trash must be placed behind the carts and on the curb. Special trash pick-up will be picking up those items later in the day.
– Do not place trash bags or any other items on top of the cart
-Keep the lid loose to allow the trash to be dumped into the truck