Fully-Automated Truck Transition

The Public Services Department Waste Management Division is transitioning to fully-automated garbage trucks. The transition to fully automated trucks will help make our department even more efficient by expanding our capacity of services and accommodating future growth.

We will receive two fully-automated trucks this summer to replace our current trucks as they reach the end of their life cycle. Instead of taking three men to empty about 1000 garbage carts, it will only take one allowing our staff to expand into other critical projects. 

Phase One:

Not all rollcarts that are currently in circulation are compatible with the new trucks. So, phase one of this transition will replace 8000 carts. We ask for your patience as we begin the transition. We never want to take away from the quality of service we deliver--so we've hired a contractor to distribute the new carts and collect the old. And if you're wondering what will happen to all the old rollcarts--they'll all be recycled.

We plan on collecting old rollcarts and delivering new carts on your normal garbage collection day. Our intent is for your existing cart to be dumped and then replaced by a new one. We expect this process to take approximately four weeks along the routes chosen for initial transition. 

During these four weeks, we ask that residents in the following neighborhoods set out their garbage rollcarts to be collected on their NORMAL collection day. Please set it out by 7 a.m. and leave the carts out for 24 hours. We will replace as many carts as possible each day. If your cart is not replaced on your normal collection day during the first week of replacement, we will attempt to replace it during the second week etc. 

We will provide updates on the status of can replacement here and via social media to keep you informed. To view a detailed schedule and maps outlining the collection and distribution routes,click here!

Out with the old In with the new

How will the Fully-automated Trucks Improve Mount Pleasant?

The Waste Management Division of the Public Services Department experiences more work-related injuries than both the Police Department and the Fire Department. We expect the Fully-automated Trucks to help create a safer working environment by keeping our workers out of the elements and preventing them from having to move and lift so many garbage rollcarts. 

We also anticipate experiencing more efficiency and growth within the department due to the Fully-automated Trucks. The two Fully-automated, One-man Trucks will be replacing two two/three-man trucks. Up to four workers will be free to move to other projects within the department. This helps us be more productive in a smaller time frame without spending any more tax dollars.


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