The new, large toters provided to residences by Republic Services have been popular now that most residents have gotten used to the new routine.
But some problems have been noted since the solid waste disposal company started the automated pickup of trash and recyclables within the city.
Most trouble has been caused by the emptying of the blue-top trash toters.
The few seconds when the automated collection trucks are holding the toters upside down while dumping the contents into the trash container of the truck, the high, springtime winds being experienced right now can blow some of the lighter discards, like paper, onto the street.
Mike Reeves, Republic’s municipal marketing manager, said keeping the trash in plastic bags will help prevent such spills.
Most residents still line their interior trash containers with plastic bags for the convenience of emptying them into the larger containers.
And that helps.
But Reeves said all households should make the use of plastic trash bags a habit.
That rule does not apply to the items going into the green-top recyclable toters.
Those items need to be placed into the toters separately to make the separation of the discards easier at Republic’s Materials Recovery Facility in Corpus Christi.
Beeville’s Code Compliance Officer Ronald “Buddy” Hardy said part of the problem is that some residents still are not placing their toters properly at curbside.
Others are overfilling the toters to the point that they cannot properly close the lids.
“The lid has to be closed or they (collection trucks) will not pick them up,” Hardy said.
Another important practice is to make sure the toters are placed so that the opening side of the lid faces the street and the collection truck.
If the toter is placed the other way, the toter may not properly empty into the truck, and trash could be thrown back into the yard when the toter is placed back at the curb.
Hardy said the residents who have had trouble complying with the new regulations for placing their toters know who they are.
“I’ve been tagging the residences,” he said. That means they have found one of the city’s green tags on their doors informing them of their mistakes.
Reeves believes the problems will correct themselves in time as residents get used to utilizing and placing the toters.
Maintaining the habit of putting house trash in plastic bags will help a great deal.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.