Delivery of new trash carts begins today
By World’s Editorials Writers
Published: 7/16/2012 2:24 AM
Last Modified: 7/16/2012 2:51 AM
If anyone in west Tulsa wonders why someone put two trash cans in their driveway Monday, it’s because that part of the city is the first to receive delivery of the carts for the upcoming new trash pick-up system.
On Monday, 900 residents will receive the new trash and recycling carts. Those who responded to the city’s repeated communications chose a trash cart of either 96, 64 or 32 gallons. All households will get a 96-gallon cart for recycling. Those who failed to choose will receive 96-gallon carts for both trash and recycling.
Curbside recycling service has been suspended until residents get their new carts. Residents may use their new trash and recycling carts as soon as they are received. If you want to dispose of your old trash cans, simply mark them as trash and set them out by the curb.
Each new cart will come with a booklet that explains the new trash service. Information distributed with the new carts will include how to change cart sizes and dispose of old carts. Until Oct. 1, customers can continue to put out unlimited amounts of trash. Delivery of the new carts will begin in west Tulsa, move to north Tulsa – except for the 22,000 northwest quadrant customers, who are served by the city of Tulsa – and then head south. The northwest quadrant will receive its new carts last, in mid- to late September.
Eventually, 233,000 carts will be delivered to Tulsa residents. Delivery will continue over the next several weeks.
There have been a few glitches in this changeover. NeWSolutions, a Tulsa company, was awarded the new contract. The old haulers, TRI, were supposed to continue pickup until Oct. 1 but backed out at the last minute. NeWSolutions is filling that gap.
The quick fill-in not surprisingly caused some minor problems. Those, however, are being worked out. When the new system begins Oct. 1 there likely will be a few more hitches. They, too, will be solved.
Tulsa’s new trash pickup system is getting under way. It’s a good system and, in time, is likely to be embraced by all but the very stubborn. For now, Tulsans are getting the new carts. So, don’t be surprised when they show up in your driveway.
Read the original Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/article.aspx?subjectid=61&articleid=20120716_61_A9_Ifanyo566955