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65 Gallon Bins, Automated Trash Trucks Coming This Summer

Sixty-five gallon bins for recycling and trash coming to each Cranston household.

The bins will be similar to these. (File photo)
The bins will be similar to these. (File photo)
We reported about it weeks ago, but the city today officially announced that Cranston is adopting an automatic trash collection program this summer.

Each household will receive two bins, one each for recycling and garbage.

"Automatic trash collection has proven successful in many other communities statewide, and brings with it a host of benefits," Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung said in a release.

One of the primary impetuses for the switch to the new bins is the ever-irksome, persistent presence of rats throughout the city. The new bins are made with heavy-duty plastic and secure lids that deter animals and make it much harder to enter.

The other key benefit is the sheer volume a 65-gallon recycling bin offers compared to the existing bins which are relativley small, flimsy and tend to crack and deteiorate as they're emptied each week.

Many households have indicated that the current recycling bins are not large enough, particularly given the larger variety of materials that are now recyclable.   

“Both for the environment and for the budget, increasing our recycling diversion rate is critical," the mayor said.

The state expects communities to have at least a 35 percent recycling rate and falling short means higher tipping fees at the Central Landfill in Johnston.

With the new bins, residents are expected to roll them to the curb as usual, but only trash that can fit inside the containers will be removed. You'll still have to call Waste Management to schedule a bulky pickup, including mattresses, and that can cost extra.

Households that need an extra bin "may pay $150 per year for an additional bin," according to the release.

A typical family of four can fit its trash in a 65 gallon bin but "the mayor acknowledge that for some residents, this program will constitute a change from what they are used to for trash collection," the release stated. "However, issues of public health associated with rodents and regulations for recycling rates have made it so that Cranston must move in a new direction.”

The City Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance authorizing the switch at it's next full meeting on Feb. 24.

Got a question? Call Jeff Barone, Director of Constituent Affairs, at 401-780-3123.

Chris Paplauskas February 04, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Fantastic news, hopefully this helps out with the war on rodents.
Bob February 04, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Yes, great news....BUT will the pesky politicians fit inside them....
Elizabeth Roy February 04, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Awesome Bob!! However, their egos will definitely make it difficult for fitting in the new trash barrels!!
Tara Elmore February 04, 2014 at 05:51 PM
will we be paying for them, or the city?
adam spellman February 04, 2014 at 06:07 PM
welcome to 1993
Elizabeth Roy February 04, 2014 at 06:58 PM
You know we will be paying one way or the other.
Johanna Campbell February 04, 2014 at 08:10 PM
150 for an extra bin per year? CRAZY!! In warwick if you have more than 6 people in the home and you recycle you can get an extra bin at no cost... if you need to purchase a bin you may but it is one and done...not a yearly fee!!
Elizabeth Roy February 04, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Only in Cranston Johanna! We get lousy plowing, school sidewalks not even done today at Garden City Elementary, now we are limited to how many trash containers we are allowed to have. Yet they say they want to eliminate the rodent problem? Ridiculous!
nicole fine February 04, 2014 at 09:18 PM
Drove down Park Avenue today towards Edgewood. SOOOO many sidewalk unshoveled. I believe that would be Mr. Stycos and Ms. Lee's neighborhood.
Elizabeth Roy February 04, 2014 at 09:25 PM
Barely anyone shovels Nicole. I have an abandoned house next to me and the management company barely shows up to do anything. It is reprehensible that city officials are allowing this. Even Garden City Elementary wasn't shoveled today and a police officer demanded we move off the street next to the school. We had to trudge through lousy plowing slush and ice to an snow covered sidewalks!
Steven r February 05, 2014 at 07:46 PM
I walked from Providence to Cranston, and only two sidewalks were shoveled, it is not just Cranston. When I got home, I did indeed shovel the side walk, again. The new bins, are for not just rats, but to get people to throw out less trash. Then the city has to pay less tipping fees to the landfill that is getting full.
Patrick Boyd February 05, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Nicole, what do Steve Stycos and Ms. Lee have to do with sidewalk shoveling?
Vinnie B. February 06, 2014 at 03:14 PM
These bins will do nothing for rodents. Rats will chew through cement. This is indeed to get people to throw away less trash.
Donald Monroe February 06, 2014 at 06:13 PM
I am in the waste industry, Yes these carts are the way to go, it will get those who don't recycle to do it. I was told that Cranston would not go automated because it was to costly, but now they are !! ??
K Potenza February 07, 2014 at 11:25 AM
This is a GREAT thing. New clean containers that encourage more recycling, less waste going into the landfill and the automated trucks use natural gas. It might take some getting used to for some folks but times are changing and we need to be smarter about our recycle habits. :)
Some Guy February 07, 2014 at 05:46 PM
No one will pay $150 yearly for an extra trash can on top of the high taxes already paid by Cranston home owners. While it may help with rodents in theory, people not willing to pay the annual fee for an extra bin will just store their extra trash on property until the following week when it will fit in their free can. Trash on properties for weeks will increase the rat issue and in turn continue to drop the value of our properties that we are already overtaxed on. Nice try Fung, but clearly trying to reduce tipping fees by limiting the amount of trash we can put out weekly while increasing recycling revenue by providing a giant bin, how about a one time fee for an additional trash can, just an idea...
Elizabeth Roy February 07, 2014 at 06:20 PM
I agree. I for one refuse to pay any amount yearly for a trash bin. I live alone. I will stuff the damn bin. So Be It!!
my world February 07, 2014 at 08:10 PM
someone is cashing in on this deal just got to follow the trail to see were it starts. im gonna recycle some old Potenza tires
my world February 07, 2014 at 10:15 PM
wow I was just thinking what does this barrel retail for. people will be stealing theses things and selling them at a steep discounted price unless each barrel has a vin # on it so the garbage barrel police can bring it back, or for an additional 100$ we can install an onstar device to unlock the lid in case you forgot to secure it down see. now im creating jobs for our children
Steven r February 09, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Who pays if your free barrel is indeed stolen?
Elizabeth Roy February 09, 2014 at 08:49 AM
I am certain we will pay for replacement bins. The city will not make any of this easy. Let's just hope this does not become an issue.
2ferskippy February 10, 2014 at 01:35 AM
they can have chips with address of resident -it belongs too.cranston can`t handle that tech.have to pay attention..trucks automated maybe the truck will keep track: more dependable.
nancy February 24, 2014 at 08:09 AM
The ProJo reported that the 65 lb. container weighs 27 pounds empty - can that be? 27 pounds?
2ferskippy March 17, 2014 at 06:05 AM
$135 to replace.nice of them considering how muck they are saving with the automation and nat gas fuel @ 1/2 price of gasoline and not taxed either

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