First households get new trash and recycling carts
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Monday, July 16, 2012
7/16/12 at 4:39 PM
The city of Tulsa began rolling out its new trash and recycling carts Monday in west Tulsa.
Nine hundred customers are expected to receive carts on Monday with the number gradually increasing as deliveries continue through late September.
Each new cart will come with a booklet that explains the new trash service, including how to change cart sizes and dispose of old carts.
Once a household has received its new cart, an old cart or trash can may be disposed of by marking it clearly as trash and leaving it at the curb.
From west Tulsa, distribution crews will move to north Tulsa -- save for the 22,000 customers in the northwest quadrant served by the city of Tulsa -- and then southward.
The northwest quadrant will receive its new carts last, in mid- to late September.
The city has ordered 249,000 trash and recycling carts and expects to deliver 233,000 to city residents.
Mike Barber, a resident of Olympia Avenue, was surprised when his cart was dropped off about 11 a.m.
“I thought next week the way the map was laid out,” Barber said. “Everything is going quicker than I thought, I guess.”
Barber said he is generally pleased with the city’s handling of the new trash system.
“I just hope it irons out and goes smoothly,” he said.
Starting early this month, most of the city, which had been serviced by Tulsa Refuse Inc., went to a three-month, abbreviated trash program with NeWSolutions.
The program was developed in two weeks by the new hauler and the city’s trash board when TRI decided at the last minute that it couldn’t continue collecting trash through the summer because of equipment and manpower difficulties.
NeWSolutions is conducting basic service until the new volume-based system launches Oct. 1. Deliveries are being made by Toter, the company providing the carts.
Customers with information about their trash service should call 918-596-9777.
Jose Ochoa from EP Delivery Services delivers new trash and recycling carts in Tulsa's Eugene Field neighborhood on Monday. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World