The West Hartford News reports today that beginning this summer, the town will switch to a new garbage collection system. Residents will get massive, wheeled barrels that can be picked up with a mechanical arm and emptied into spiffy new trucks.
It’s about time.
Other towns that have this pickup look better. They don’t have trash cans flopping down the street every time it’s windy and piles of crap for overworked collectors to toss in the truck. They just have reasonably neat-looking containers that are uniform and well-designed.
According to the weekly, which has a rare scoop on this one, the town “is finalizing a six-year contract” with Paine, Inc. to provide the pickups for $3 million annually. The town will distribute the new barrels, for free, this spring. It will take care of getting rid of our existing barrels, again for free.
Thank goodness I haven’t wasted money on trash barrels in years.