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Public Works looks to change trash policies

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A plan that can change the way you take out your trash is making its way through City Hall.

Which means you would need to get new trash cans, although you'd get them for free.

Public Works is hoping this plan improves the efficiency of your garbage pickup.

By using automated trash bins, the garbage collector wouldn't need to leave his or her vehicle. The truck would pick up the trash or recycling and dump it in the garbage truck.

"The trucks are equipped with grabber arms – for lack of a better description – basically a set of clamps that are specially designed to lift these specially designed containers," said Dale Hexom, director of Public Works.

The proposal also has plans to recycle more types of plastics, magazines, even cardboard.

Each residency will have a choice of a 35, 65 or 95 gallon bin; one for trash and one for recycling.

The city and garbage hauler would swallow the cost for the new bins.

Public Works estimates a net cost of $11,000 per year, which is something the council will have to weigh when it takes up this proposal in May.

If approved, the contract will take effect in 2014 and end in 2021.

Yard waste collection would also change.

If you want your yard waste picked up on the curbside, you'll need to order a third garbage bin during yard waste season and the garbage hauler will bill you monthly for the service.

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