A few questions about the city’s new trash cans

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I have a few questions concerning the new ‘smart’ trash cans that Sandpoint has recently deployed. First, was Waste Management the only party capable of checking trash in all of the 155 former bins? It would seem not, as city personnel were assigned this task at City Beach. Couldn’t other personnel have done the same for the rest of the city’s bins? I know taking out the trash is no one’s favorite chore, but surely the city can stoop to the same level that most private businesses do.

In all the years the city has been providing trash cans, has no one done a study to see when they need to be emptied? Surely by now, someone has noticed that the City Beach cans fill up fast in the summer, and not so much in the winter, and that the trash cans in the various parks need emptying according to the local sports schedule?

In the cost/benefit analysis, did anyone figure in maintenance costs? The city claims it will save $20,000 per year in excess billings, for an 11-year payback period. But what happens when repairs and other costs are factored in? Do these new cans require special liner bags that only Big Belly can supply? Oh yes, do you intend to provide educational material to instruct us citizens on what proper trash is for the new cans, so we don’t break them by using them?

I guess the biggest question of all remains, how many more goose carcasses can the new trash cans hold compared to the older, already paid for units? Going green for the win!

JIM BALDREE

Sagle

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