June 21, 2017 Edition

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WR sanitation carts will
be issued starting July 5

The city of Walnut Ridge recently purchased a new trash truck for the street and sanitation department. The truck is equipped with an arm to lift the new trash carts, making pickup more efficient. Mayor Charles Snapp and Heil Environmental Industries representative Jamie McCoy (second from right) provided training to street and sanitation department employees on Monday.
TD Photo ~ Aubree Hughart

Beginning July 5, Walnut Ridge residents will start receiving new dolly-style garbage carts to be used for their household waste.

These 96-gallon carts will replace all other containers used for sanitation pickup. Each residential unit with a water meter will receive a city-owned cart, which will be the only container picked up after July 10.

Carts will be linked to the address via a serial number and will remain with the address. Any damage incurred on the carts is the responsibility of the resident.

How to use
roller carts

All trash must be bagged and placed inside the carts to where the lid can close completely. Lids should always remain closed.

On collection day, carts should be placed within three feet of the street edge by 7 a.m. Handles of the carts must face away from the street. There must also be three feet of clearance on the sides of the cart to allow the arm of the truck room to clamp around the cart.

After collection, carts must be removed from the street and stored adjacent to the residence.

Class IV waste, construction waste, yard waste, tires, batteries, oil, hazardous chemicals, caustic materials, explosives and flammable materials shall not be placed in rolling carts. Waste not contained in the cart will not be picked up.

Garbage rates

Due to the efficiency of the new equipment, garbage rates are expected to remain unchanged at $12 per month for the foreseeable future.

Residential and non-residential units may request additional carts and will be charged $9 monthly per cart. Units requiring more than one rolling cart will also pay a $100 refundable deposit for each additional cart.

Non-residential customers who are currently on a dumpster contract with the city will not be affected unless they opt to switch to the cart program.

Cameras help
monitor abuse

The new garbage truck also features a built in camera system that will record both the house and cart as garbage is being collected.

When the cart is turned over, the driver can monitor what is being dumped into the truck. If illegal substances are discovered, the driver will pull out and report the offending waste and the code officer will respond to houses with illegal garbage.

The driver can also send emails with footage from the current residence directly to city hall by pressing a button in the truck. This will help keep records of any violations on the sanitation route. Footage can also be reviewed later if illegal substances are found in the truck after collection.

This monitoring service will cost the city $55 a month, which the Walnut Ridge City Council approved at Monday night's meeting.

The council scheduled a special meeting for July 3 at 5:30 to finalize rules, regulations and fines associated with sanitation pickup.

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