Shelli DeRobertis

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neighborhoods/carlsbad -- Carlsbad

***Is your recycle bin not getting completely emptied?*** For those in the South Carlsbad area, East of El Camino Real in the La Costa area, trash services changed about a year ago from manual pickup to the use of automatic trucks where the driver doesn’t get out and make physical contact with the cans. For two consecutive weeks my recycle bin hasn’t been completely emptied, although the trash collector lifted the can in his automatic truck and dumped the contents. Last week, at least three-quarters of my recyclables were still left in the large, 95-gallon cart. I realized that some large boxes were wedged inside too tightly, which most likely caused them not to come out. It also caused an overabundance of recyclables for this week’s pickup. So, I waited to personally watch the contents get emptied today. As I did so, I thanked the Waste Management driver for taking the over-filled container, and explained what had happened last week. He said it was a common issue, and that because he was operating an older truck he had a disadvantage of not being able to see the contents get emptied into the truck. But after he emptied the blue bin and drove away, I looked inside and my can was still half-full – and the stuff inside was not tightly packed! He was nice enough to backup and pick up the can again, and this time he tightened the grip and squeezed the can, which forced all of the contents out. The driver also said that the company should be issuing new trucks, and a spokesperson from WM verified that they are “rolling out new trucks” and replacing the diesel trucks with trucks that operate on natural gas.
— May 23, 2013 2:08 p.m.

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