Garbage pickup changes coming next month

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Residents of Mexia will see a big change in their garbage pickup service starting Aug. 5.

No longer may residents put out their own trash cans at the curb after that date, only the 95-gallon, wheeled carts of Allied Waste, the company that provides the service to the city. Allied will issue the carts to each residence the week before the changeover.

Allied Waste representative Laura Capehart, of Corsicana, spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia recently to get the word out about the change.

The new service is automated in that no garbage collector will jump down from the back of the truck to pick up and dump trash cans manually as in the current system. Instead, the truck’s robotic arm will reach out and grasps each cart, lift it over the open top of the truck and turn it upside down. The top of the cart will then open through the force of gravity and the contents fall into the truck. Then the arm will return the cart to the curb; as it descends, the top will close through the force of gravity.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.