By Amanda Anderson
BREVARD -- Residents of unincorporated areas of Brevard have a reason to be more excited about trash collection dates.
In an effort to continue to grow and improve services, Waste Management recently announced that the company will begin a new curbside cart program in unincorporated Brevard County.
"Waste Management, in partnership with Brevard County, is pleased to introduce a new cart program for garbage and recycling service for unincorporated Brevard County residents," the company said in its quarterly e-newsletter. "The wheeled carts are more convenient for you, allow for greater service efficiency and are safer for our drivers to collect."
"We were constructing a pilot program in a few areas in unincorporated Brevard County," said Michael Lewis, district manager. "After reviewing the results from the pilot program, the County Commission decided to move forward with implementing this throughout the county with the new contract."
Residents of the unincorporated areas can expect delivery of the new 64-gallon garbage cart and 64-gallon recycling cart, with a yellow lid, between Aug. 1 and Sept. 27. Waste Management will also provide an informational brochure attached to the new carts.
"The new cart program requires an Automated Side Loader Truck for collection," the e-newsletter said. "It is important residents do not use their new carts until the program begins the week of Sept. 30, when our trucks will have the correct equipment."
Mr. Lewis said that delivery of the new carts will begin no later than August 5.
Sid Anderson, who lives in an unincorporated area of Melbourne, said he is looking forward to receiving the new trash carts.
"Having the new carts will be a big improvement over our current garbage cans," Mr. Anderson said. "I'm most excited for the big recycling cart because my family recycles everything we possibly can. Not having to lug down three or four bins of recycling is going to be nice."
So what should residents do with their old recycling bins?
"[People] could keep them as storage containers or place them in the new recycle container to be recycled," Mr. Lewis said.