HIGHLAND | It will be out with the old and in with the new when Highland residents receive new garbage cans next week.
As part of a new agreement with Republic Services Inc., the company will deliver two 95-gallon blue plastic containers to each household free of charge, Public Works Director John Bach said.
One can, with a blue lid, will be for refuse. The other, with a green lid, will be for recycling.
The cans are designed for automatic loading to keep the driver aboard the truck as much as possible, he said.
"Eventually, as their current fleet reaches its useful life, it will be replaced with the automated equipment," Bach said.
The containers, which hold three times more than a standard can, will be delivered between Tuesday and Friday, Bach said, adding that residents do not have to be home when the deliveries take place.
Older residents, who may have trouble with the giant cans, can request 65-gallon containers instead, Bach said.
Republic will pay for any future replacement or repairs to the containers.
Collection days will continue on Tuesdays, Bach said.
To give people a chance to adapt to the new program, recycling will continue weekly through the end of June, he said.
Then, recyclables will be collected every two weeks starting July 2 for all homes north of the Cady Marsh Ditch and July 9 for everyone south of the ditch.
In this way, half the town will be "recycled" each week with the larger cans.
"Information packets with all pertinent information on the program will be attached to the cart," Bach said.
People should begin using the cans as soon as they arrive, Bach said.
"People can put a sign on the old can (saying), 'Take this can,'" Bach said.
Those to want to get rid of their old red recycling bins can put them out June 25.
Residents should place the new carts within four feet of the road, with the wheels facing away from the street, Bach said.