Perrysburg gears up for trash changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 05 April 2013 09:55
New trash and recycling Toters are seen stacked at perrysburg's Public Service Building in Perrysburg. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - As the city works to bring its new automated refuse system online on April 22, the Department of Public Service is fielding questions and issues from some confused residents.
"I guess that you could only do your best to inform everybody what's going on," said Public Service Director Jon Eckel on Thursday. The department phones have been "ringing off the hook" with questions regarding the new service, according to a recent email.
The issue seems to be stemming from the delivery of new wheeled trash and recycling toters as part of the automated service - approximately 14,000 city residences are to receive the toters by the system's Earth Day start date. Refuse workers have been delivering the toters in recent days, and the entire west side of the city has already received them.
However, some residents simply don't seem to know what the toters are for or, conversely, think they're supposed to begin using them immediately.
"They're staring to put them out already. We don't want them out until April 22."
Crews were assembling and delivering the Toters to around 7,000 Perrysburg homes that will be used with the city's new automated trash trucks.
As a result, in addition to the older, conventional refuse trucks, one of the new automated trucks is also being dispatched nearly three weeks early to pick up the refuse mistakenly put into the toters.
"We had three public meetings, it's been in the newspapers for three months," and "it has been on our website for longer than three months," said Eckel. "We have to understand that sometimes people don't see all those media sources. So it still comes as a surprise."
However, Eckel noted that the system itself is running smoothly. A dry run was recently conducted at the Bridgefield Subdivision off Roachton Road, and "we picked up 82 homes in 32 minutes. Both recycle and refuse. So it works and we're really excited, and we expect hitches. And we're going to get it all down eventually."
Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 10:02

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