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Archive for Monday, October 15, 2012

City begins delivering trash carts

October 15, 2012

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Lawrence resident Jessica Houk, left, gets her new 65-gallon city residential trash cart delivered on Monday by Tyler Green, an employee with Buckeye Diamond Logistics, which was contracted by the city to deliver the new containers. Crews delivered about 1,000 green plastic trash carts to the curbs of Lawrence residences Monday, and another approximately 19,000 are on the way as part of the city’s program to require residents to use city-issued trash carts instead of cans or bags.

Lawrence resident Jessica Houk, left, gets her new 65-gallon city residential trash cart delivered on Monday by Tyler Green, an employee with Buckeye Diamond Logistics, which was contracted by the city to deliver the new containers. Crews delivered about 1,000 green plastic trash carts to the curbs of Lawrence residences Monday, and another approximately 19,000 are on the way as part of the city’s program to require residents to use city-issued trash carts instead of cans or bags.

Spring is long gone, but signs of green will be popping up in the front yards of Lawrence homes for weeks.

Crews with a city contractor delivered about 1,000 green plastic trash carts to the curbs of Lawrence residences Monday, and another approximately 19,000 are on the way as part of the city’s program to require residents to use city-issued trash carts instead of cans or bags.

City officials recently received five semitrailer loads of the carts, which primarily were made at the Rehrig Pacific plant in nearby De Soto. City leaders are expecting about two semitrailer loads of carts per day until every home has a cart, which is expected to be by Nov. 9.

“Crews will be delivering from daylight to dusk, and they will be working on Saturdays,” said Tammy Bennett, assistant director of public works for the city.

The carts are being left with a packet of information that reminds residents about the new program, and the reason the city is switching from a system that allowed households to set out a variety of different trash containers.

“Worker safety is really what is driving all of this,” Bennett said.

The new carts are compatible with hydraulic lifts that are on all the city’s trash trucks. The carts will allow crew members to roll the cart to the lift, which will do the lifting and dumping of the trash as opposed to the manual lifting involved with cans and bags.

The city also has ordered two automated trucks that have a robotic arm that is controlled by the driver of the truck. Those trucks, which likely will be delivered in April, will have a one-person crew instead of the standard three-person crew.

The carts come with an informational flier put together by the city. Among the items city officials are stressing:

• Residents can call 832-3032 if they believe the standard 65-gallon cart won’t be the right size for their trash needs. The city also offers a 35-gallon cart and a 95-gallon cart. The smaller trash cart will reduce a monthly trash bill by $1.50 The larger cart will increase a trash bill by $2.

• Every household in the city will receive a cart, unless the household already rents a cart from the city or the household is served by a Dumpster.

• Carts are the property of the city and should be left at the residence if you move. People who take carts to another residence are subject to a $50 fee.

• Households are expected to fit all their trash into the carts, although the city will allow a couple of exceptions per year. The flier states that crews will pick up extra trash bags that don’t fit into the cart on two occasions, but a third time will result in the city bringing your household a larger cart and adjusting your monthly bill accordingly.

• The city will begin selling brown plastic carts that can be used for yard waste. The city will continue to allow households to set out yard waste in cans or compostable bags, but it is offering a special 95-gallon cart for a one-time $60 fee. Unlike the green trash carts, residents will own the brown carts. The green trash carts also can be used for yard waste.

Up to three crews at a time will be driving pickup trucks with trailers through Lawrence neighborhoods to deliver the carts between now and Nov. 9. A schedule for when carts will be delivered to specific areas of town hasn’t been set.

Comments

alcoholbliss 2 years, 2 months ago

"Worker safety is really what is driving all of this,”

Let the extortion begin. Looking to reduce worker injury, cut compensation costs, while making Lawrence pay for it. So much for ... Assumption of risk - The injury from a normal and accepted danger associated with the job. Contributory negligence - Worker negligence contributes to accidents.

See Job Qualifications: http://www.ci.lawrence.ks.us/lists/archive.php?x=1026

.....http://deffenbaughinc.com/

Topple 2 years, 2 months ago

Yea! They signed up for it, if they aren't injuring themselves then we just aren't getting our moneys worth!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

" The injury from a normal and accepted danger associated with the job."

If the risks can be reduced or eliminated by simply changing the type of trash containers used that make better use of equipment already on the trash trucks, that means that the dangers reduced or eliminated are neither normal nor should they be considered acceptable.

tomatogrower 2 years, 2 months ago

The trash containers are free, unless you want a bigger one.

bad_dog 2 years, 2 months ago

The workers' compensation system was designed to eliminate the typical tort claims and defenses that arose from the employment relationship, e.g. assumption of risk, negligence, fellow servant rule, etc. As long as an injury arises in the course & scope of employment, it is a "no-fault" system. The injured worker receives medical treatment and financial compensation and the employer is otherwise free of liability.

Hoots 2 years, 2 months ago

Happy to see the carts are made in De Soto. Glad they were able to keep it local.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 2 months ago

Anyone else have this aching feeling around the area you sit on?

irvan moore 2 years, 2 months ago

thank goodness they will include instructions so we will be able to figure out how to operate them

gccs14r 2 years, 1 month ago

I just noticed the instructions on the lid this morning as I was rolling it out to the curb. People need printed instructions to know to rock it up on its wheels and push or pull to move it? Really? At least they were only in English and didn't simultaneously insult people who speak other languages.

Patricia Davis 2 years, 2 months ago

I've had a city cart for years and I love them. I hope people have not lost their jobs over this. Our sanitation crews have been super through the years. Thanks!

chootspa 2 years, 2 months ago

How do we get rid of our existing trash cans?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

The city says they'll pick them up for recycling once the new carts are in full use.

jafs 2 years, 2 months ago

I believe the "green" comment has to do with the color of the carts.

Getaroom 2 years, 2 months ago

The only one you have been duped by is - you. Get over yourself!

paulveer 2 years, 2 months ago

No jobs lost is a lie. Loss of future jobs to attrition is loss of future jobs, period.

Needing this to lower workman's comp is a lie. Accidents can be drastically reduced by strictly enforcing existing weight limits on trash left at the curb, a limit routinely ignored by the public and sanitation workers alike. Add a little more training, and maybe stricter physical job pre-screening requirements, and this goal could have been accomplished for a fraction of the cost.

FlintHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

"No jobs lost is a lie. Loss of future jobs to attrition is loss of future jobs, period."

Excellent point, paulveer. And one that seems to always get lost in the discussion. Wonder how many future jobs are being cut through "attrition"? I'm not against the change, but I dislike smoke n mirrors justifications.

puddleglum 2 years, 2 months ago

I am surprised that we don't have a new tax on these carts....they do have wheels. just wait for a city inspection team to come out and start giving you fines. fine for 'breaking' the lid on their trashcart. you'll see, they'll charge you $150 for a new one every few years. I just can't pay enough already, what with my $38 charge for sewer vs. my $8.50 actual water usage.... can you imagine McDonalds getting on this tip? yeah, you can buy a big mac for $4.00 but you also have to pay a $22.00 excre. fee if you use the toilets here. what a deal. can I get a TIF? or an amen?

JackMcKee 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm starting to think that Bozo IS Cromwell. Nobody can agree with that man on everything. It's just not possible.

JackMcKee 2 years, 2 months ago

LJW, where can we check to see when the city is coming to pick up old trash cans?

jafs 2 years, 2 months ago

Call them.

I imagine it would be the solid waste department.

kspch12 2 years, 2 months ago

If you go to the City website, there is a schedule for recycling old trash cans.... http://www.lawrenceks.org/wrr/carts

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