BANGOR- Almost 2 months after Bangor residents began putting trash and recycling all in one bin, another change in how trash is handled may be on the way.
On Monday night, Bangor city councilors will consider allowing the city’s commercial waste hauler, Casella Waste Systems, to replace their trash trucks with robotic side load trucks.
“Every resident in the city if this goes through will get a trash can delivered to their home. It’ll be like either a 64 or a 96-gallon trash can and it’s designed so that the arm can scoop it and grab it and dump it so it makes it super easy,” Bangor Public Works Director Eric Willette said.
Even if approved, this change wouldn’t go into effect until next summer.
“So we’ll have some time to inform residents as to what’s going to happen. Let them know that hey your trash can will be showing up to your door and this is how you’re going to handle it. They have to facing a certain direction, they have to be placed on level ground. You can’t put items in front of it in between the truck and the trash can, so you can’t put it behind the telephone pole, they have to be able to get it,” Willette said.
He also says this change will save the city $30,000 compared to the current trash collection system — and it will reduce waste.
“The three Rs are reduce, reuse, and then recycle. So if we can reduce and reuse some of our stuff. Then we should think about ‘Well should I be really throwing this away or there something else I can do with it.’ Once we get to that point, they’ll be less stuff that has to be recycled, less stuff that goes into our landfills, it will just help clean up the environment as well,” Willette said.
That meeting will take place Monday night at 7:30 at Bangor city hall.
The public is welcome to attend.