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Denison launches automated trash pickup

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Denison's new trash trucks use a hydraulic arm to empty curbside bins. (KTEN) Denison's new trash trucks use a hydraulic arm to empty curbside bins. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Denison is rolling out its new automated trash collection system.

Three new trucks debuted Monday, eliminating the need for workers to hop off and manually lift bags into the back.

The new system relies on a hydraulic arm to pick up and empty 95-gallon carts into the trucks.

"A lot of the older folk don't like change, but everything changes... so everybody get used to it!" said Denison resident Bill Carruth.

Assistant public works director Carrie Jones hopes this will be a more efficient system that will keep the city cleaner.

"I think it'll help clean up our streets a little bit," she said. "It'll help decrease the litter and hopefully it'll help increase our recycling participation as well."

The city has distributed 9,200 trash carts to launch the new system; households that require additional carts can make the request online.

In addition to the new trash collection system, Denison now offers bulk trash pickup six times a year instead of just once.

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