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City of Cincinnati rolling out trash carts to residents

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The City of Cincinnati began rolling out new trash carts to approximately 90,000 households on Wednesday. City officials say the 65-gallon carts will help protect workers, improve efficiency and save taxpayer money.

Single-family homes and multi-family homes up to four units will receive the carts, which have wheels and an attached lid. The real key is the metal lift bar, which allows the City to move to semi-automated trash collection.

In semi-automation, workers won't be manually lifting and dumping trash anymore. Instead, they'll roll the cart over to the truck, which has a mechanical flipper arm. The mechanical arm does all the heavy lifting and dumping. For comparison, recycling is already collected through a semi-automated system in Cincinnati.

"By implementing standardized trash carts, Cincinnati joins cities across America that have seen tangible benefits to modernizing their trash collection systems," said Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr.

Delivery will take about 5 months, following the planned schedule:

TRASH PICKUP DAY        ESTIMATED DELIVERY MONTH

Monday                          April

Tuesday                         May

Wednesday                   June

Thursday                        July

Friday                            August

Each eligible household will receive only one cart, but they can swap for a larger or smaller size depending on what they need. Citizens should try their new cart for two weeks before swapping for another size.

The City also plans to have Trash Amnesty Weeks around certain holidays, so that citizens can set out more holiday-related trash than fits inside their cart without penalty.

Visit www.cincinnati-oh.gov/trash for more details about the program, including Important Trash Dos and Don'ts.

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