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When Rick Stevens, Manager for the city’s Solid Waste and Sanitation Division was challenged to develop specifications for a replacement truck, he did what government is often asked to do, that is “do what a business would do.”
Rather than replace an older truck with one that was essentially the same type, Rick sought a way to do more with less, seeking a way to continue the same level of service, or perhaps increase it, while maintaining the same level of operating costs, or better yet, decrease it.
The result was the acquisition of a 2012 Mack truck with two characteristics that distinguish it from the other equipment in the fleet: it has a much larger carrying capacity, and is fully automated, both features that will increase efficiency and cut costs.
The truck’s increased capacity, capable of carrying as much as 18 tons of waste will cut by half the number of trips to the transfer station, thus saving fuel costs by as much as 25% and allowing more time for collections. The automation, which allows not only for the dumping of dumpsters but also a fully-automated cart pickup, will eliminate the need for personnel to ride the back of the truck, creating a savings on cost and a safer operation.
Easily distinguished from other trucks in the fleet since it is white and not brown, the new vehicle was placed into operation on November 9 and after just a week on the streets Rick has already seen improved service.
Even though, because of the size of the truck, there are areas where it may not be used, particularly in the historic districts, it’s use in other areas will allow smaller trucks to better serve the downtown. Initially the new equipment is being used for commercial dumpster collections throughout the city, but that service area will soon expand to include Anastasia Island making use of its automated cart pickup at residential properties as well.