CSD trash, Aug. 7, 2019

The Big Bear City Community Services District switches to fully automated garbage pickup this fall but will also continue providing curbside recycling to its customers.

Changes are coming to the East Valley, specifically trash collection within the Big Bear City Community Services District.

Beginning in September, trash customers will receive a new trash can called a cart, courtesy of the CSD. By Nov. 1, only these carts can be used for refuse to be picked up by CSD trash collectors.

The semi-automated refuse collection system moves the CSD into the 21st century in terms of collection. Jon Zamarano, solid waste superintendent for the CSD, said the district is still “old school” in terms of how trash is collected. Solid waste employees still ride on the bucket, which is almost unheard of anywhere, Zamarano said.

With the semi-automated system, trash trucks are equipped with a device that lifts, empties and returns the cart to the ground. It increases efficiency and is safer, according to Zamarano. And increased efficiency saves money.

The cost of doing business, in this case trash collection, is high, Zamarano said. A semi-automated system means fewer trucks on the road reducing operating costs. Eventually, through attrition, fewer employees will be needed, Zamarano said.

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(2) comments


I don't like the idea of being forced to use their trash cans. And what if i need 2 or 3 "carts"?


The men who collect our garbage are not just great employees, they are also very nice people. Hopefully this "move into the 21st century" will not be at the expense of their jobs.

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