BPU Garbage Containers will be delivered over 3-4 weeks beginning in mid-May. Approximately 14,000 containers will be assigned and delivered to each residence at no extra charge to customers.
The containers are designed to be rolled by one employee to a garbage truck where a mechanical tipper will empty the container into the truck. One employee will drive the vehicle, while the other employee will handle the containers. No new trucks are needed; our current vehicles will be outfitted with the mechanical tippers.
The Jamestown City Code requires customers to place garbage in a closed container. In response to this regulation and to customer requests, the BPU developed this program to provide containers at no charge to customers. In addition, streets will look cleaner and tidier without garbage strewn about neighborhoods by animals and birds that open garbage bags left at the curbs. Our employees will suffer fewer injuries through this program as they will not touch used needles and sharps that often poke through plastic garbage bags left at the curb. In addition, injuries due to repetitive lifting will be avoided.
The new containers will be owned by the BPU, much as the orange RFID recycling bins are owned by the utility and assigned to each home. Customers should place garbage in plastic bags and place them into their containers and close the lid. Customers may use markers to label their containers with addresses to help keep track of which container is assigned to their residences.
The attached picture illustrates how the mechanical tippers empty garbage into trucks. The photograph is from another City.
The latest version of our Garbage Container Program Frequently Asked Questions is posted here to describe the program. Click here for information. The version is labeled "draft" because we may add questions that customers may ask.
For more information, call the BPU Garbage Hotline at 661-1651, Communications at 661-1680 and Customer Service at 661-1660.