Paragould makes last minute preps prior to automated trash service switch

Paragould makes last minute preps prior to automated trash service switch
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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - More than 10,000 trash cans are waiting to be delivered to homes across Paragould.

The city is prepping to switch over to automated trash services in March.

"It's gonna keep the town a whole lot neater," Paragould Public Works Director Lenny Edgar said. "We're not gonna have trash. We're not gonna have animals get into the trash."

The city decided to make the switch in 2015. Previously, homeowners would place their trash in a plastic bag on the side of the road.

Edgar said one of the most important things they'll have to do to make the transition successful is educate the public.

Each trash can will come with a pamphlet explaining where to place the trash so the truck can get to it easily.

"Carts should be out by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day," the pamphlet reads. "To ensure your cart is picked up, it is best to place it at the curb the night before your collection day."

The pamphlet also explains what you can and what you can and cannot put inside it.

"Only typical household garbage goes in the cart," the pamphlet says. "The garbage should be placed in plastic bags and sealed, to prevent litter and to keep your cart clean."

Items like lumber, shingles, rocks, dirt, batteries or old tires do not go in the cart.

Edgar told Region 8 News that they haven't picked up material like that in years anyway.

Hazardous wastes like paint, motor oil, poisons and flammable liquids also should not go in the cart.

Bulky items like appliances, mattresses and furniture will be picked up once monthly by city crews. You should call the Public Works Department to schedule an appointment.

Edgar said next week, their guys will be training on the new trucks.

"We'll set carts up out here on the yard and have them practice then they'll start doing speed drills where to see how they get it and how they get it all," Edgar said.

Edgar said in switching over to automated trash services, they will only pick up trash one day a week.

The pamphlet delivered with your garbage cart will say which day your trash is scheduled to be picked up.

Edgar said since each home will be getting a 96-gallon trash can, multiple trash pick-ups each week won't be necessary.

Assisted trash pick-up services for the elderly will continue.

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