Town buys one garbage truck, for now

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The transition for new trash pickup in Mount Olive is nearly six months away.

Town officials opted to buy only one new garbage truck instead of two, according to interim Town Manager Jammie Royall. The new truck is $126,000.

Royall said the truck currently used for limb and debris pickup is 20 years old, but will remain in use until a replacement can be purchased within the next couple of years.

Fleet Management will handle the maintenance of the trucks, which will decrease the town’s expense, he said. The town will terminate its contract with NC Waste and Recycling, which charges approximately $300,000 annually.

The program, operated by the town, will start in July and require the employment of three new workers. Royall said about 2,500 new rollout carts will be needed.

Each cart is $100.

Royall insisted there has been no problem with NC Waste and Recycling. But the switch is a change that will provide more local control, he said, and if someone is missed during regular pickup they can get service again without having to wait a week.

There had been a number of complaints from residents that their trash was not being picked up on schedule.

Trash pickup is scheduled four days a week, and limb and yard debris will happen once a week.

The town is divided into four sections and details of daily pickup will be announced at a later date.

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