Greendale — The village is set to purchase 500 new garbage carts, in conjunction with the purchase of a new garbage truck.
In response to complaints from a few residents at a meeting last week, village officials stressed that using the carts will be optional for residents, and that no one will be required to change how they put out their garbage each week for pick-up.
"If you want to do the same thing you've done for the past 40 years, you can keep doing it," Village Manager Todd Michaels said.
The carts will available for residents to purchase at the same price at which the village will buy them, likely about $50 for a 65-gallon cart and $90 for a 95-gallon cart. The carts are nearly identical to those used in the city of Milwaukee for garbage disposal.
Director of Public Works Rob McFaul explained that the truck the village has ordered is equipped with a tipping arm that can pick up the cart and dump into into the truck. However, it also has a place where traditional garbage cans can be emptied into it.
"This is strictly something that our truck is equipped for, a tipper-type container like this, and we just thought we'd give it to the residents as an option," McFaul said. "We'll still pick it, no matter what."
Village officials explained that the carts are part of an evolving business and market for waste disposal, and this system is meant to keep Greendale up-to-date with other communities while not forcing residents to change their habits.
"This was our way, the village's way, of keeping garbage the way it's been in Greendale, but improves efficiencies for us and cost-savings for the village," President John Hermes said. "So, I think it's a win-win for everybody."
As proof to worried residents that the bins will not be required, Hermes assured the audience members that he would not be using a new bin at his residence.
It is not yet known when the new carts will be available for purchase.
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