The City of Fort Saskatchewan is rolling out their automated waste collection project city-wide.
The 1,000 home trial that began in April 2014 received enough positive feedback for the city to call it a success.
All homes in the Fort will receive a new 240 Litre cart for waste and organic waste in the spring of 2018, replacing the outdated method of using swampers to pick up bags and throw them into the truck.
"It does help control pests, so that's one of the major bonuses of the carts," explained Sadie Miller, waste programs supervisor with the city. "It's also a lot easier for elderly people or young families to roll these carts out rather than cart a huge bag across your yard"
Trucks with hydraulic lifts will replace swampers but Miller assured that workers won't lose their jobs, they'll just be shifted around within the contractor, Stony Mountain C.W.D. waste services.
"It definitely does increase collection efficiency, it doesn't necessarily eliminate jobs, we don't need as many swampers out there physically lifting garbage bags into trucks but we do have just as many drivers."
Personal bins can be used at residents' discretion until the new bins are distributed.
Current pilot project bins will be swapped for the new bins as well.

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