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Hillsborough rolls out new trash system

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Hillsborough county rolls out its new automated trash collection system Monday with new carts and new rules.

"That's a difficult transition when you're getting new drivers and new routes," explained Kim Byer with Hillsborough County Public Utilities.

Byer said the new system is faster, cleaner, and safer for drivers. Customers no longer have to sort their recyclables. Drivers no longer have to leave their trucks to pick up your waste.
 
Related story: 07/23/2013 Hillsborough County rolls out new trash cans

Pairs of carts were delivered to more than 260,000 homes across Hillsborough during the last few months.

"There are a million collections being done every week. So we're asking folks to be patient and to read their information and if they have any questions to please give us a call," said Byer.

Byer says the county has received lots of calls since all of these new carts were dropped off in neighborhoods. People want to know what they can put in them, what their new pick up schedules are, and why they're so big.

"The physical size of the containers themselves may pose a problem for some individuals trying to store those within their garages or out of sight," said Kenneth Blair of the Westchase Community Association.

If you don't need 95 gallons of space for your trash, Byer says customers can arrange to swap out their large carts for smaller ones starting Jan. 15. If you no longer want your old trash can, just put it in your new cart when you roll it out to the curb. All old bins will be melted and converted into energy at Hillsborough's Solid Waste Energy Recovery Facility.

Byer says you should have your new carts on the curb at 6 a.m. on your collection day.  You need to leave at least 3 feet between the carts, so the truck's automated arms have enough clearance to pick them up. To check your new collection days click here.

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