Michael Reeves, municipal marketing manager for Republic Services, told the City Council Tuesday evening that his company will begin sending brand-new, automated trucks to Beeville to empty new trash carts on a weekly schedule.
“The carts are built,” Reeves said. A local manufacturer, Wastequip, has completed the manufacture of 8,000 new carts for Beeville customers.
Those will include solid blue carts for trash and household garbage and blue carts with green lids for plastic bottles, newspapers and magazines and other items that can be recycled.
“That’s how you’ll know the difference,” Reeves said. Inside each green lid, customers will find a plastic-covered list showing them which materials can be recycled.
Recyclable materials will be collected every other week.
“We will run ads in the newspaper over the next month or so,” Reeves said.
Also, special programs will be presented in all local schools to educate the students on how to properly use the new carts.
“As we found out in Corpus Christi, kids push the adults,” Reeves said.
But the adults will also be informed of the changes. Reeves said educational materials will be delivered to each household. Those materials will include calendars showing residents the collection dates for all discards and better explaining the recycling effort.
The council is planning to hold a public hearing on Nov. 29, during which the public can obtain additional information regarding the new trash and recyclable collections.
Every residence will receive two of the 96-gallon containers between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Reeves said the carts will be left in the exact spot where Republic truck drivers would like to have them on collection days.
The manager said Republic employees are as excited about the change here as residents should be. None of the company’s employees will be losing a job.
The men who have been hired to pick up and empty the containers on the current routes either will be promoted to drivers for the new trucks or they will be transferred to the company’s recycling department. They will no longer have to do the dangerous job of jumping on and off the trucks to pick up trash cans and empty them.
Drivers will pull up to the curb on trash and recyclable collection days and a device will be extended from the truck to pick up the cart and empty it without anyone ever having to leave the vehicle.
“The trucks are on the way,” Reeves said. “Our drivers are pumped. They’re excited about it.”
The larger containers should mean that residents will be able to get all their trash in them for one weekly pickup. Those who need additional containers will be able to request them from the company.
In addition, the city’s collection station on South Jackson Street will be equipped with a commercial compactor for items now left in Republic’s large containers. Items not normally picked up at curb side will be crushed in the compactor for delivery and processing at Republic’s landfill in Corpus Christi.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.