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February 6, 2014

Garbage, recycling takes top priority at council meeting

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — “We need new trucks.”

That was the topic of discussion during Monday night’s city council meeting, when Director of Public Works Steve Edge addressed the council about upgrading London’s garbage trucks and potential curbside recycling.

According to Edge, London currently has three garbage trucks that are all more than 15 years old and are constantly falling apart.  Edge proposed the council consider purchasing two automated trucks with an automated side loader body mounted on each truck.

The new trucks are expected to cost $221,988 each, if they are leased.

In his proposal, Edge justified the purchase by explaining the current manual load trucks collect trash from around 400 residences per day while needing a three-person crew to operate. The new trucks would increase efficiency by reducing the crew to one and allowing for trash pick up at around 1,100 residences per day.

When the city implements automated residential solid waste collections, this will take two employees off of two different truck routes.

“We will be able to use these four employees in the Recycling Department,” Edge said in his proposal.  “This will help with the extra volume of recycling that we will be required to separate, process and market.  The balance of the extra labor required can be made up with work release labor and part-time or temporary employees.”

Edge said he estimates the new trucks could save the city as much as $12,000 per month in tipping/dumping fees plus whatever the city would be able to bring in through the sales of recycled materials.

In addition to the two new trucks, Edge recommended the purchase of 2,300, 95-gallon Herby Curby Carts, which would be required at each residence to convert the existing trash pickup system to an automated system.

According to his presentation, the trash carts cost $50.40 each. With freight charges, it would cost $119,920 for the upgrade to be complete.

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