Arlington residents begin era of once-a-week trash bin service 

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Arlington residents begin era of once-a-week trash bin service 

Republic Services crews use truck lifts to place trash from the new bins into their trucks. (Courtesy photo | City of Arlington)
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Arlington residents have entered a new world of trash collection after the city completed delivering more than 100,000 trash carts Feb. 5 to residents as part of its conversion to a once-a-week automated pickup system.

How it works

All trash, recycling, brush and bulky items must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on the resident’s collection day, which is the current recycling day.


All cart lids must be completely closed. Recycling or bags of trash outside of the cart may not be collected.

Two cubic yards of large household items may be collected each week. That’s roughly the size of a washer and dryer.

Two cubic yards of bundled brush and/or bagged leaves may be collected each week. That is equal to 12 30-gallon bags of leaves.

Carts should be placed with the wheels against the curb or edge of the alleyway and must be 3 feet apart with a minimum of 15 feet of overhead clearance for service on the collection day.

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The city said the transition was needed because the job is physically demanding and exposes workers to extreme heat and cold, making it difficult for contractors to attract and retain enough workers.


Tyler Hurd, solid waste and recycling manager for the city of Arlington, said the carts have been well-received by residents and that the city has received few complaints.

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“I have not received an enormous amount of calls against it, saying they didn’t like it,” Hurd said. “Overall, I think it’s been very well-received.”

Hurd said the biggest issue was raised by persons with visual or physical disabilities or limitations who are concerned about their ability to safely move wheeled carts that weigh 35 to 40 pounds from the house to the curb.

He said the city has worked with those residents, and that vendor Republic Services is offering door-side service to retrieve loaded carts for those who need it. Hurd said that the list of people requesting door-side service has grown to more than 400 residents.

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Hurd credited extensive promotion of the rollout by the city with residents’ acceptance.

“We’ve seen about a 90% participation rate right now,” Hurd said. “We do have fairly high participation right out of the box.”

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