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New automated trash collection begins Monday

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Most La Crosse residents already have their new garbage and recycle bins. Monday, the city is switching over to their new automated cart collection.

The new garbage trucks have mechanical arms that lift garbage and recycling bins and dump the content directly into the truck.

The system also allows for more material to be recycled, including Styrofoam and cardboard.

"This is for many people going to be a lifestyle change," said Dale Hexom, director of Public Works for the City of La Crosse. "We're re-educating  ourselves, trying to be concerned about the environment, saving room in our landfills, and recycling more because it's much more sustainable."

Some tips for a successful trash pick up:

  • Make sure the arrows on the lid are pointing toward the alley or curb line
  • Make sure there's two to three feet of spacing between carts, and they're away from fixed objects and vehicles
  • Position the cart on a level surface
  • Do not overfill the receptacle; it needs to be closed most of the way

For the first two or three weeks, if your bin is not laid out correctly, Harters will leave a yellow tag explaining proper protocol, Hexom said.

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