Collinsville, Oklahoma
July 14, 2007
New City Trash Truck
Shiny New Truck and Commercial Dumpsters
Keeping Used Polycarts

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The City of Collinsville's shiny new trash truck was on display on the city plaza Friday. The logo on the side now is a flaming Phoenix bird which I assume will morph into a Cardinal soon? The rear loading truck will be manned by city employees. The employees will pull the polycarts or dumpsters to the truck where lift mechanisms will empty them directly into the truck. This direct load will hopefully reduce the blowing trash complaints from the automated double transfer used by the larger front load trucks used by the previous contractor (Waste Connections). City officials are considering an additional requirement that trash be bagged in addition to being placed inside the pickup containers.
The new commercial dumpsters purchased by the city were staged and assembled this week near the Depot Museum.
I was wondering when the City first started collecting trash and was lucky to find the news photo above (while searching for the CHS Class of 1962 class photo). I remember when we would burn our own trash in 55 gallon drums in the alley (and occasionally burn all the grass in the alley in the process) back in the late 1950s and apparently up to the May 1962 city collection start. I suspect the city would occasionally empty the burn residue and tin cans from those barrels but apparently on an infrequent basis with a general purpose vehicle. I don't have a start date for city trash collection by subcontractors.
-- Ted Wright (2007)
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