Last updated: July 24. 2014 11:46AM - 447 Views
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Have you ever wondered how much 5,450 garbage cans would cost?

City council on July 21 approved paying an average of $56 per can for a grand total of $306,000.

The new cans will all be compatible with the city’s recent purchase of fully-automated side-load garbage trucks.

The bulk of the cans will be 64 gallons for residential use.

Public works director Jeff Baumann said 3,000 cans will be purchased for residents’ garbage needs and 2,200 will fill their recycling needs.

All the residential cans will be black with only lid color varying.

Baumann said the city will be able to reduce its overstock numbers by standardizing the can size and color.

The new cans are smaller than the city’s current limit of three 32-gallon bags or cans, but Baumann said his department chose them because of their ease of use.

He said the public works department tested differently sized cans to find which was the easiest to maneuver.

Lss than half of the city’s 2,050 residential customers take advantage of the 96-gallon limit, he said. Those interested in a second can will be able to pay for one.

The majority of the city’s commercial customers will continue to use rear-load dumpsters for their garbage.

Fifty large cans that can hold 96 gallons each will be purchased for those who don’t.

Baumann said the city will also need 150 large recycling cans for commercial customers.

He proposed the purchase of 50 smaller cans with a 48-gallon limit for the downtown business district.

The plan is to have the new containers arrive before the city’s new collection trucks arrive this fall and winter.

Caitlyn Wasmundt may be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @LC_CaitW.

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