City of Carbondale reminds residents of changes with fully-automated trash collection

City of Carbondale reminds residents of changes with fully-automated trash collection
There are a few changes to how you put out your trash for collection. (Source: KFVS)

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - The City of Carbondale recently changed to a fully-automated trash collection.

The city has two new, fully-automated trucks that can cover every route in the city.

According to the city, the trucks are safer because the operator stays in the cab at all times. No one has to handle the trash or ride on the backs of trucks. They said there was no need to worry about inclement weather.

While only one person is needed per truck, the city said no jobs were lost. They said labor was reallocated to other needs.

“Now it’s very important for cart placement as it wasn’t before, because the guys were physically dragging them over to the truck, and now they’re not doing that," said Loren Polley, supervisor of refuse and recycling. “It’s just one guy with the arm just reaching out and grabbing it.”

Changes to how carts need to be set out for collection include:

  • All refuse must be contained entirely inside the cart(s) provided by the City with the lid(s) closed. Garbage bags and other items left on or next to the cart will not be collected.
  • Carts must be at least three feet from all obstructions. This includes mailboxes, sign posts, other trash carts and utility poles. This will allow the arm of the new fully-automated truck to reach out and grab your cart.
  • On the lid of your cart, you will find an arrow. Make sure the arrow is pointing towards the street. The City cannot collect refuse from carts that are facing the wrong direction. If we tried, the garbage inside your cart would spill.
  • If you find your trash has not been collected, please call our Maintenance and Environmental Services Office to speak with a member of our staff. You can reach them at 618-457-3275.

The city is deliberately leaving trash if the carts aren’t placed correctly.

If your trash hasn’t been collected or you have any other issues or questions, you can call Maintenance and Environmental Services Office at 618-457-3275.

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