Independence County moving to side-loading garbage trucks

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Independence County is going to new solid waste collection trucks, called side-loaders, that utilize only a driver and a mechanical arm to pick up county-provided trash containers and empty them into the truck.

“We’re going to go to a side-arm delivery; this is nothing new, except for here,” Independence County Judge Robert Griffin told White River Now’s Gary B. “It will pick up a 96-gallon container that the county will supply at no cost to the resident.”

One driver will operate the arm and the boom and will unload the waste into the truck.

Listen to Judge Griffin’s comments about the new trucks below.

Side-loader trucks are utilized in many Arkansas cities and work very well, said Judge Griffin. The county plans to purchase one truck and side-arm for approximately $250,000 for a pilot project. With the solid waste program’s balance sitting at just over $900,000, the judge notes the county can pay for the new truck and side-arm without borrowing any money.

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