Republic Services, formerly Allied Waste, is gearing up for the distribution of about 8,000 new 96-gallon containers to each household, beginning the first week of December.
Each house will receive one container for household garbage and trash and another container the same size for recyclable discards.
All the containers will be blue with the City of Beeville logo embossed on the front. Trash containers will have matching blue lids and toters for recyclable discards will have green lids.
Household trash will be collected weekly and recyclables will be collected every other week.
Mike Reeves, Republic’s municipal marketing manager, said the big change will be that trash collection trucks will no longer have someone riding on the back of the truck picking up heavy bags and trash cans.
Because the containers are so large, most households will have plenty of room in the toters for a week’s worth of garbage and trash. Customers who need additional containers will be able to order them and have them delivered for a rental charge.
Republic employees have been reporting to work at the Bee County Exposition Center each day for weeks now, unloading the containers and getting them ready for delivery.
Reeves said all the containers were manufactured locally, at the Wastequip facility at Beeville’s Industrial Park.
One of the tasks will be installing labels on the lids of the recycling containers with a list of what can and cannot be discarded in them.
Aluminum cans, plastic milk and soft drink bottles, newspapers and magazines will be recycled.
Reeves and Republic sales manager Brian Cornelius have told the council that the change will make Beeville look better. Now, every household will be using the same trash and recycling containers, creating a more uniform look.
The company plans educational programs using schools and local media to inform customers on the proper use of the toters.
Special emphasis will be placed on educating students at the schools because children have shown that they are the most likely ones in a household to promote a cleaner environment.
“Where the kids go, the adults will follow,” Reeves told the council during a recent meeting.
Council members have been excited about the change since it first came up at the renewal of Republic’s solid waste contract.
Republic executives requested that their new contract be extended to five years because the company is investing more than $1 million for new toters and trucks.
Councilman David Carabajal was the first member of the body to voice his support for the change, citing the benefits of recycling.
City code compliance officials Lanny Holland and Ronald “Buddy” Hardy also have been supportive of the change.
Cornelius and Reeves explained to Holland and Hardy that Republic will deliver an industrial compactor to the city equipment yard on South Jackson Street in the near future.
That machine will allow residents to bring in items that were collected periodically at curbside in the past by Republic vehicles.
The items, including old furniture, some appliances, mattresses and other items, will be fed into a hopper and pushed into a container by a hydraulic device.
Holland said the city will continue to separate some larger items, like kitchen appliances and electronics, for the recovery of large pieces of metals and expensive wiring.
Republic executives have told council members that it will be important to place the new containers in the right place so they can be picked up by the truck’s equipment and emptied properly.
Reeves said the drivers, when they deliver the toters, will set them in the best place. Residents should make sure the toters are returned to that location on the days that they are to be emptied.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.