Officials say new trash program mostly going smoothly

Officials say new trash program mostly going smoothly

PAWTUCKET – A new automated trash program that began Aug. 11 has had only a few hiccups in its first month, say city officials, and nothing that wasn’t anticipated and planned for.

Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien, said that any missed trash pickups have typically been collected by waste service provider MTG Disposal within 24 hours of being reported.

The new program, with covered heavy-duty totes picked up by trucks with automated arms, is expected to help curtail the growing rat problem in Pawtucket.

In a Sept. 2 letter from Public Works Director Eric Earls to the City Council, Earls responded to Councilor John Barry III’s request that the DPW prepare and implement a plan to pick up old trash cans that are no longer in play.

The DPW has recommended that old trash barrels be used to dispose of yard waste, he said. The city provided six locations for drop-off of old bins, gathering hundreds of them in a few weeks. If residents still have barrels they’d like to get rid of, they may bring them to the city’s waste transfer station on Grotto Avenue or contact the DPW to schedule a bulky item pickup.

Arboleda said the automated trash program plays an important function in contributing to quality of life in Pawtucket.

“We are pleased that it has continued to move smoothly with only minor bumps that are expected during a citywide transition of this magnitude,” he said. “We thank our residents who disposed of hundreds of old trash barrels over the last few weeks.”

Anyone looking to obtain a new trash barrel is also asked to call the DPW.