LONGVIEW (KYTX) - A new system for trash pick-up begins in Longview tomorrow morning. The city is launching the Simplified Collection Program in an effort to streamline recycling and trash collection and to encourage more people to recycle. Customers were given bigger carts to separate trash from recyclables. And new garbage trucks with automated arms mean employees won't have to pick each bag up themselves.
"The main thing we wanted to do is increase participation in our recycling program. We wanted to make the system more efficient, protect employees from injury, and reduce the waste going into the landfill, and all of those things and keeping the rates the same." - Dwayne Archer, Sanitation Manager
Collection days will also be simplified from twice a week to once a week.