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City adopts automated trash policy


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Thursday's city council vote will change La Crosse's garbage pick-up to an automated system.

This means resident will need to get new trash cans.

By using automated trash bins, the garbage collector would not need to leave his or her vehicle. The truck would pick up the trash or recycling and dump it straight into the truck.

"This is not new, cutting-edge technology by any sense of the imagination," said Director of Public Works Dale Hexom. "The Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs have been using similar systems for decades, the city of Janesville has been using it for many years in the past, (and) the city of Madison has been using it for years and year. We're probably 10-15 years behind going to automated collection like this."

The contract will begin in 2014 with Harter's Quick Clean Up Service as the chosen garbage hauler.

The city and Harter's will swallow the cost for the new bins.

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

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