The town of Christiansburg will begin using a new automated trash collection today.
Instead of town employees manually dumping trash into trucks, one operator will control a mechanical arm that will lift and empty the new 96-gallon wheeled carts from their curbside spot on collection day and empty the contents into the garbage truck. Town officials say it's more efficient and will cut back on worker's compensation claims.
Trash will be picked up weekly, as usual, with the truck making 800 to 1200 stops a day. Ricky Bourne, director of Public Works, says the town will look at routing later in the year once they've used the new method for some time. After that, they may consider reducing the number of collection days.
The town purchased 6,500 96-gallon containers and 200 48-gallon carts at a cost of $340,000. The smaller carts are only available by request by calling (540) 382-9519.
Workers who previously worked on the garbage trucks have been moved to another department.