Greenwood City Council will be moving forward with a plan to purchase a new sidearm sanitation truck, which will allow the sanitation department to become more efficient and help reduce costs, according to city manager Charlie Barrineau.
Barrineau told council that Spartanburg is currently using a sidearm sanitation truck, similar to the one used by Greenwood County for recycling service, and the switch to the new truck has paid huge dividends. Barrineau said the truck has reduced labor costs in Spartanburg by about two-thirds and the cans are lasting longer than with the rear loading trucks.
Currently, the City of Greenwood runs two rear loading trucks on four days to pick up all the trash in the city, Barrineau said. The new truck would allow city employees become more efficient and make them available for other tasks within the public works department. Barrineau said the city would not be cutting staff when the new truck arrives, but those employees normally out on the sanitation truck would be free to perform other tasks in the department.
Another benefit of the new truck is that employees will not have to get out of the truck to collect the garbage. The City of Greenwood cancelled garbage collection for Tuesday due to frigid temperatures. With the new truck, the route could still be collected.
City Council has already budgeted $250,000 for the purchase of the truck. Barrineau said it would likely be three to six months before the truck would be delivered. In the meantime, Barrineau said, the city would need to implement new policies to help facilitate the new truck. One of those policies will be a method to determine which residents would not have to pull their garbage cans to the road. Barrineau said the best way would be to require a doctor’s order to have city employees continue walking into the yard to get the cans. There would be a dedicated weekly route for handicapped and elderly residents.
Another policy which will need to be implemented will be to require residents to bag all garbage in the cans. If garbage in the cans is not bagged, it could cause litter problems if it were to blow out during windy conditions. Barrineau also said that cans could not be overfilled. The lid on the can must be able to close, Barrineau said, or the bag or bags on top could fall out when the arm is lifting the can to dump it.
City staff will proceed with ordering a diesel-powered truck. There is no timetable for the delivery of the truck or the implementation of new policies. City staff will be evaluating routes in adition to new policies prior to the arrival of the new truck.