Trash Changes Beginning The Week of March 1, 2020
Cedar Park Disposal, your trash and recycling pickup provider, will be using a new automated, side-loading truck in most neighborhoods in Cedar Park. In order for your trash cart to be serviced by this new automated, side-loading truck, your cart must be set out a minimum of three feet from other objects – including your recycling cart. Set your cart out with the wheels to the curb. Bags or small branches left outside the cart will be loaded into the emptied cart by the driver and re-dumped into the truck. For items that do not fit in the cart, a secondary truck will service these items. The second truck may arrive before or after the automated truck to service extra trash.
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AUTOMATED TRASH FAQS
It is the use of a vehicle which is able to grasp, hoist, and empty waste carts without the need for manual intervention for safer, faster, and cleaner collection.
It is safer, faster, quieter, and cleaner than manual collection.
If your neighborhood is located in a shaded area, you will NOT be receiving this new automated service due to narrow alleyways where trash and recycling are collected – making it difficult or impossible for the automated truck to operate. Other neighborhoods may have narrow streets or other obstacles that present the same issue. These neighborhoods are:
- Carriage Hills
- The Woods at Carriage Hills
- Deerfield Park
- Cedar Park Ranchettes
- Cedar Park Square
- Cedar Park Terrace
- Cedar Park Town Center
- Scottsdale Crossing
- Forest Oaks - The Village
Another truck will come through the neighborhood before or after the automated truck to ensure that all additional items, up to the 7-item limit, are collected.
The recycling truck may also come before or after the trash trucks.
On the weeks you have both recycling and trash picked up, the Recycling truck will pick up cardboard and recycle if it is bundled. Any other recycling (other than bundled cardboard) outside the cart will not be picked up.
On non-recycle weeks, the Trash truck will pick up cardboard if it is bundled and take it to the landfill. It will count as one of the 7 extra items.
Set out your carts by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
Some neighborhoods have narrow alleyways or other obstacles where trash and recycling are collected – making it difficult or impossible for the automated truck to operate. We will continue providing you with our traditional service.
Yes, there are many other communities in the area already using automated collection.
Yard Trimmings Recycling March 23 through Friday, May 1
From Monday, March 23 through Friday, May 1, yard trimmings will be collected to be recycled. Tree and shrub trimmings must be no more than four feet in length and no more than four inches in diameter each, weigh no more than fifty pounds and be placed in bundles. Other yard trimmings such as leaves and grass clippings must be placed in brown paper yard waste bags and not in plastic bags. Wet bags will not be picked up due to weight and risk of breakage. During this yard trimmings recycling period, yard trimmings may be placed in addition to your bulk items limit of seven (7) items outside of your trash cart. Please note that after May 1, yard trimmings will still be picked up but will count towards your bulk items limit and will not be recycled. There will be another yard trimmings recycling period during the fall.
We’re seeing lots of questions about new trash and recycling procedures and we’d like to offer some clarifications and additional helpful information.
YARD TRIMMINGS RECYCLING FAQS
Yes, as long as the guidelines for size, weight, bundling, wet bags and other bulk waste guidelines are followed. The yard trimmings picked up outside of the listed recycling dates will not be recycled. They will go to the landfill. We encourage you to take advantage of the recycling service for yard trimmings that is offered for six weeks in the spring and two weeks in the fall.
Yes. Any time outside of the designated yard trimmings recycling schedule, sanitation workers may place smaller yard trimmings into your trash cart for it to be emptied into the truck.
During the six- and two-week yard trimmings recycling period, no. However, outside of the yard trimmings recycling dates, yard trimmings are picked up as trash and taken to the landfill and do count towards your bulk limit of seven (7) items outside of your trash cart.
We strive to keep costs low and service level high. Recycling yard trimmings is a service enhancement that we have been able to work into our schedule, for a total of 8 weeks per year – and still keep costs low.
During the designated six- and two-week period for yard trimmings recycling, your trimmings will be picked up weekly.
As with your trash and other recycling, please always set out your yard trimmings by 7 a.m. on your designated trash pickup day and leave it out until it is collected.
Some neighborhoods have narrow alleyways or other obstacles – making it difficult or impossible for the automated trash truck to operate.
These 10 neighborhoods will continue to receive the same trash services you have been getting: Carriage Hills, The Woods at Carriage Hills, Deerfield Park, Cedar Park Ranchettes, Silverstone, Cedar Park Square, Cedar Park Terrace, Cedar Park Town Center, Scottsdale Crossing, and Forest Oaks - The Village
Please be sure the wheels are facing away from the street and toward where the curb would be.
If you live in a cul de sac and cannot set your carts a minimum of three feet apart from one another, one option might be to set out each cart at either side of your driveway.
If your neighbor’s driveway is less than three feet away from yours, make sure that you set out like carts next to one another. For example, if your neighbor sets out his trash cart on the edge of his driveway that is closest to yours, set out your same trash cart next to your neighbor’s trash cart.
Please do your best to meet these spacing requirements and feel free to call Central Texas Refuse at 512-243-2883 if you have further concerns.
No one is losing a job to this new equipment. Our provider reports tells us it is challenging to keep these positions staffed. The new automated truck not only requires a crew to operate – it also makes this difficult job more attractive to potential job applicants.
It is safer, faster, quieter, and cleaner than manual collection.
Another reason for switching to the automated truck is to protect the workers. Did you know refuse and recyclable material collectors rank the fifth most dangerous occupation in the country when it comes to fatal injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The automated trucks reduce the workers’ exposure to potential danger.
There is another truck that will come through the neighborhood before or after the automated truck to ensure that all additional items, up to the 7-item limit, are collected.
Central Texas Refuse/Cedar Park Disposal
Cedar Park's solid waste pickup provider is Central Texas Refuse. The company operates in Cedar Park as Cedar Park Disposal. Central Texas Refuse was founded in 1981 and has approximately 100 full-time employees serving about 50,000 residential customers throughout Central Texas.
||95-gallon green cart
||Same as former service. Residents receive weekly pickup of refuse in their 95-gallon container.
||Same as former service. Residents may set up to 7 items outside of their cart on a weekly basis. "Bulky items" includes bags and/or large items such as brush, appliances*, etc.
*An additional handling charge of $25 made payable directly to Central Texas Refuse will be charged for pickup of any appliance containing CFC's, such as refrigerators, freezers, or air conditioning units. Please contact Central Texas Refuse directly at 512-243-2833 to make payment arrangements.
||Every other week
||95-gallon blue cart
||Service expansion from former service. Single-stream recycling program includes glass and expanded plastics. Click here for a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable recycling items.
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