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New details on Green Bay's move to automated trash collection starting Jan. 1st


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - In an effort to save the city money, Green Bay is saying goodbye to the two person garbage collection teams. 

Starting on the first of the new year, the city will start to phase in automated trash collection with just one driver operating a pick-up arm.  It's been in the works for years, it started with the automation of recycling. 

Details on what the move to automated trash collection will look like were released this week. 

It will be a six month process that would coincide with three new trucks being added and the conversation of nine others.

Homeowners will be getting a new 96-gallon trash cart that will arrive on their doorstep two weeks before automation starts in their area. 

Homeowners will also get a bill of $60 for the new cart.  “The current proposal, what we are planning on doing it splitting that charge, $30 on this year’s tax bill and $30 on next year’s tax bill” said Public Works Director Steve Grainer. 

There are other big changes; there will be only be two times in a year when bulk waste will be picked-up.  In the past, you could put it out whenever.  Now the city will charge for bulk  waste pick-up if it’s not in that time frame. 

However, the city has set-up two new year-round drop off sites for bulk items. One on the east and west side Public Works garages. 

The city will also schedule four overflow periods throughout the year, where residents can place extra trash outside their trash carts. 

Grainer says the carts will be delivered by the manufacturer and will come with a large packet of information on all the changes. 

A few things need to still be smoothed out, but you will soon be able to visit the Public Works sanitation webpage and find out the estimated time that your neighborhood will start using the trash carts. 

Around 40,000 homes and businesses will soon get water bills that will include a Q & A sheet.