Delivery of new trash carts ahead of schedule

Delivery of new trash carts ahead of schedule

Curbside Cart Masters employees deliver new trash carts along East Barrows Street in Cumberland Tuesday. At right, Miguel Hernandez carries a tote while Casey Cole prepares to log it in as delivered. (Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

CUMBERLAND – Work to distribute town residents’ new and nearly indestructible trash carts is already well ahead of schedule in its first week, say town officials, and is now set to be done prior to June 21.

Public Works Director Bob Anderson has put a hard deadline in place of June 28, the Friday before the July 1 start of a new automated trash service.

Residents will no longer use their current trash barrels, but will keep their existing 65-gallon blue recycling carts. Those must be placed alongside the new charcoal-colored 95-gallon trash carts, the only two waste receptacles a home will be allowed to have out each week.

In a reversal of an earlier announcement, the new trash totes are being delivered from the south of town to the north, said Steve Mutter, municipal liaison for waste service provider MTG. That aligns with regular trash pickup schedules.

Truckloads of carts were being delivered early this week to the main staging area at Tucker Field on Mendon Road. Wheeled totes were then delivered to homes by workers from Arkansas-based Curbside Cart Masters.

Anderson said there are nearly 12,000 carts being delivered, enough for homes up to four units. Those with five units or more don’t receive service from the town.

Residents are asked not to put the new bins curbside until the new automated trash program starts July 1. Trash should continue to be kept separate from recycling, and must all fit inside the new cart, said Anderson. This new service should provide more than enough space for trash disposal while also limiting the town’s overall waste output, he said.

Steve Mutter, who’s no relation to Mayor Jeff Mutter, said these bins are so durable they should last decades.

“Some of the ones in Warwick are 20-plus years old,” he said. Newer carts have an improved chemical makeup, he said, making them even more indestructible.

“It’s really durable,” said Anderson.

Anderson said he’s allowing workers to deliver carts until a later cutoff time of 7 p.m. in an effort to get them out as quickly as possible. He’s also allowing delivery on Saturdays.

The town will likely hold a drop-off event for residents to get rid of their old trash cans sometime during the month of July, said Anderson.

Comments

How about educating the public about this in its entirety. How about larger items that don't fit in the bin and where can things like oil, electronics, wood and other items be properly disposed of. If you are going to do this, do it right. Otherwise you will find items being dumped around town and the town will look like a dump. Also it will cost the town more money to have these things picked up after people dump them.

Residents definitely need educating. I see plastic bags in the recycling carts all the time, which is wrong.

I took a trip to RI Recovery center with my son once and learned stuff about recycling I didn't know.

You can't just put any plastic or metal in there. People just don't realize that.
Bags are frowned up because they jam up the machines, metal isn't allowed besides the typical aluminum foil and such, but definitely not nails, electrical wire, etc, there's a lot more to it than people realize...

Brianb23, it's infuriating, isn't it?
Krystal Noiseux is the Education and Outreach Manager for the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. She does a Q&A in the "big Providence newspaper", and also an informative column.
Unfortunately you must be a subscriber to read her columns.
Also unfortunately, when I've told certain people things I've learned about what is and is not recyclable in our community, they disagree with the rules and prefer to do it "their way" because "it should be recyclable" because it is elsewhere.
Personally, my recycling nemesis is plastic bags and wrappings. The boxes at the markets where you can put these items are small and always full. It's inconvenient and inefficient.