Longview sanitation workers try their hand with new garbage trucks
Longview, TX — About 35 Longview sanitation workers clad in neon green got their first look at the city’s new garbage trucks Thursday, climbing into the driver seat and trying to get a handle on the side-loading arm.
“If they are going to make a mistake, let’s do it in the yard,” said Sanitation and Fleet Services Manager Dwayne Archer moments before a driver, practicing with the arm, accidently released a 95-gallon cart into the trash section of the empty truck. “Once they learn this, they are literally going to spend eight seconds at a stop.”
The city purchased eight new Heil Multipack vehicles, which cost about $305,000 each, after it approved an overhauled sanitation collection program. The new program will cut collections to one day each week, but give each household 95-gallon garbage and recycling carts.
The city took possession of the vehicles late last week and will look to get them on the road before the new collection program goes into full effect Aug. 18 so drivers can feel comfortable, Archer said.
“I have been waiting for it for a long time. I have been ready,” said five-year driver Cris Hudson. “It’s a lot easier than I expected; it is just going to take time and practice.”
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