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Carbondale trash collection goes automated, requires new rules

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Trash day in Carbondale will look a bit different now.

The city has received new automated collection trucks. The trucks now have an automated arm that picks up the bins and dumps them into the back of the truck.

The new trucks also come with some new rules:

  • All refuse must be contained entirely inside the cart(s) provided by the City with the lid(s) closed. Garbage bags and other items left on or next to the cart will not be collected.
  • Carts must be at least three feet from all obstructions. This includes mailboxes, sign posts, other trash carts, and utility poles. This will allow the arm of the new fully-automated truck to reach out and grab your cart.
  • On the lid of your cart, you will find an arrow. Make sure the arrow is pointing towards the street. The City cannot collect refuse from carts that are facing the wrong direction. If we tried, the garbage inside your cart would spill.
  • If you find your trash has not been collected, please call our Maintenance and Environmental Services Office to speak with a member of our staff. You can reach them at 618-457-3275.

If you have questions, call the Maintenance and Environmental Services Office at 618-457-3275 or contact Public Relations Officer Roni LeForge at 618-559-1939.

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