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Tallmadge -- Within the next two to three weeks, the city's transition to a single hauler for trash and recycling should be complete.
As of Jan. 1, Republic Waste Service became the sole provider for trash and recycling, and the company is continuing to deliver new recycling and trash bins to its customers.
The company is automating its pickup for recyclables with trucks that have mechanical arms that lift the bins so the drivers don't need to get out of the trucks. Because of this streamlined process, Republic is requiring that customers use new, green 65-gallon covered carts on wheels instead of the lidless and wheelless, blue and brown recycling bins that customers had been using.
As of last week, Public Service Director Bryan Esler said households with recycling pickup scheduled for Mondays and Tuesdays received the new carts at their homes, and Republic was working on delivering the carts to those with Wednesday pickup. Customers whose recycling is picked up on Thursdays will receive their carts after the Wednesday customers.
Esler said Republic should deliver the rest of the carts within the next few weeks.
"It took over two weeks to get the Monday ones out, but like with any company, they had issues with snow where they could barely get the trash picked up, yet alone get [the new recycling carts] delivered," Esler said.
The delivery of the carts also depends on the availability of staffing at Republic, he said.
After all the carts are delivered, the company will collect the old blue recycling bins, but the city doesn't have a schedule for this yet.
Esler stressed no trash should be put in the green carts as the recycling trucks can't collect it.
He also reminded residents to place the recycling carts and trash cans at least 3 feet apart on collection day so the recycling truck has enough room to pick up the cart. The lid openings of the carts and cans should face the street.
"They need to put one on one side of the [driveway] and the other on the other. There needs to be some space in there," Esler said. He advised against placing the carts and bins one behind the other.
While Republic picks up recycling weekly, residents have the option to put out their carts only when they feel it's necessary.
"It's a big cart, which is nice because the little bins were always overflowing. You don't have to put that cart out every week if you don't want to," Esler said. "If you don't have much in it, if it's a bad weather day, keep it in the garage or wherever."
Recyclables can be put in the cart without separating them.
Customers who don't recycle or don't want to use the new carts can return them to Republic, but the company only will collect them after all of the new carts are delivered. The schedule for cart returns also is to be announced.
"For the most part, [the transition to the new carts] has gone well. People are happy to have them. They're bigger carts, and it all fits in there," Esler said.
Republic also is phasing out the use of the old brown trash cans in lieu of new blue, 96-gallon cans as part of the company's rebranding, he said.
Residents who were with the company before the city made it its sole servicer will keep the brown cans until they wear out or break, and at that time the company will replace them with the blue cans. New Republic customers are to use the new blue trash cans.
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