CINCINNATI - The City of Cincinnati began delivering new trash carts to approximately 90,000 households on Wednesday.
Single-family homes and multi-family homes up to four units will receive the carts, which have wheels and an attached lid.
The carts also have a metal lift bar, which allows the city to move to semi-automated trash collection. After workers roll the cart to the truck, a mechanical arm will do the lifting and dumping. The city already collects recycling through a semi-automated system.
"Trash carts will help create a safer work environment, and that means we save taxpayers' money by reducing costly injuries," said Michael Robinson, Director of the Department Public Services. "They're also going
to help keep Cincinnati's neighborhoods cleaner because of the attached lids and wind-resistance."
Delivery will take about five months. The schedule is based on trash pickup days:
Monday: April delivery
Each eligible household will receive one cart, but residents can swap for a larger or smaller size depending on what they need. Residents should try their new cart for two weeks before swapping for another size.
After Oct. 7, the new carts will be the only containers residents can use to set out trash for pickup.
The city plans to have Trash Amnesty Weeks around certain holidays so residents can set out more holiday-related trash than fits inside their cart without penalty.
Get more details about the program at http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/trash