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South Fayette's new recycling bins link up with robotic arms

| Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 4:21 p.m.

South Fayette residents will be receiving new 64-gallon recycling bins the week of May 2.

The collection schedule remains the same — every other Thursday. Residents can use the new bins for the first time on May 12.

The wheeled carts are designed to be picked up and unloaded by automated arms attached to Waste Management trucks.

The township contracts with Waste Management for curbside residential waste collection. Residents are not billed for garbage or recycling collection. The township pays the hauler with money from its general fund.

Township officials budgeted $1.11 million for waste collection in 2016. In 2015, the township paid $1.01 million. The contract was negotiated by the South Hills Area Council of Governments, which South Fayette joined this year.

The automated system is cost-effective for Waste Management as only a driver is needed for recycling.

Andrea Iglar, South Fayette's community development director, said the hauler's savings will keep the township's per-household cost the same.

Residents of the townhomes in Hunting Ridge will continue using their same bins.

Commercial locations, apartment buildings and multi-family residences that have more than four units make separate arrangements for waste pickup.

Residents can learn more about the new bins on the township website. Iglar said one question that several residents have asked is, “Where will the bins fit?” Iglar said the base of the bin takes up the same floor space as that of the current bins. The new bins are taller and wider at the top.

Residents should place the new carts at least 3 feet away from other objects and make sure the cart logo and lid opening face the street. The types of materials that can be recycled will remain the same.

Residents can keep the old bins or take them to a recycling dumpster that will be set up from May 13-26 at the rear of the municipal building, 515 Millers Run Road.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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