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Hints that there might be a problem getting the proper trucks for the program surfaced a few years ago. Eiler said the city isn’t excited about switching to the drop-off program run by many cities, where residents are invited to dump large items at a city site.
“We have an elderly population here, and it’s hard for them to find trucks and people to move that type of stuff,” he said. “Now, if they can get it to the curb, we can make it go away.”
Eiler and Hirstein said a new model of garbage truck with a big bucket at the front that can be filled, lifted over the cab and dumped in the back might be appropriate for bulk pickup programs. But additional labor would still have to be brought in to get big items into the buckets.
Ruiz is determined to continue the bulk trash pickup programs in his northern suburbs and is already sending e-mails to haulers to see if they could work with his cities.
“We are trying to do as much as we can to keep it going,” he said.
Pickup day is a big day
Nat Hudson, a Bloomington resident for more than 40 years, has used the annual cleanup to get rid of a grill and an old lawn mower, among other things. “Every year I put something out,” he said.
The pickup day is a bit of a novelty, he said, with junk scavengers swooping down streets in pickups to grab the best stuff and people watching for hauling crews to take their stuff away.
“It definitely would be inconvenient if it goes away,” Hudson said. “It would disappoint a lot of people.”
Mary Jane Smetanka • 612-673-7380