Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Got a letter from the mayor today attached to a great big plastic bin
It wasn't any old bin. Mayor Dave explained that it was our "new tan refuse cart" (to go with the new trucks with the robot arms). To make sure I knew the message came from him, he attached his picture. He has a nice smile, one that would enhance any refuse cart.
Turns out it wasn't just a letter. That was just page 1 of what was actually Cart Chronicle, a trash cart newsletter and user's manual. Not a lot there that was unexpected, but I did find out that the city will have fewer trucks out collecting trash now that they all have robot arms. How many fewer? Mayor Dave's letter said "there will be 4 fewer trucks on the road every day collecting trash." But according to "Big Blue Trucks Do Double Duty" (quite an alliterative binge there) on page 4, "our old system needed 49 trucks for refuse and recycling. Our new automated fleet will require only 37 trucks." Must be the new math.
Oh, and if you're tempted to save the collection fee and get rid of that old computer monitor or microwave by depositing it at the bottom of your cart under all the trash bags -- forget it. The new trucks have cameras to record illicit waste and the carts have serial numbers (which should face the street). Just thought I'd pass that on, in case you were wondering.