Monday: New trash system fast approaching
BY BRIAN BARBER World Staff Writer
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Thousands of trash and recycling carts still must be delivered as the Oct. 1 launch of Tulsa’s new system fast approaches.
Out of the city’s roughly 116,500 households, carts have been dropped off at more than 61,000 of them, Solid Waste Services Manager Eric Lee said.
“We are increasing crews to catch us back up,” he said, adding that the process is about a week behind schedule.
“At first, it was a matter of having enough inventory, and now it’s about having enough people.”
The number of crews has gone from three to five, allowing 4,000 carts to be delivered per day, seven days a week, Lee said.
“We fully expect that all carts will be delivered on time,” he said.
Households can start using their carts once they arrive.
The new volume-based system, conducted by NeWSolutions, involves each household being issued two carts: one for trash and one for recycling.
Additional carts are available at extra charges. To set a bag of trash outside the cart requires a resident to place a 50-cent refuse sticker on it.
Green waste, such as lawn clippings and leaves, and bulky waste will be collected through separate programs by city crews.
The carts are delivered with a booklet about the new system.
Read more in Monday's Tulsa World.
A mechanical claw tips a trash can into a truck as Brent Caldwell drives his route in a neighborhood near 81st Street and Elwood Avenue in Tulsa on Friday. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World