Thousands of new blue “roll-out carts” destined for Prairie Village are being manufactured at a plant near DeSoto and should be arriving in driveways and garages later this month if all goes according to plan.
The production and distribution of 17,000 new carts to 8,400 homes is part of rollout of the new trash hauling contract with Republic Services schedule to begin Jan. 1. The carts are expected to be delivered between Dec. 15 and 23, although in the event of bad weather that schedule could be pushed back a few days.
The carts are available in 35-, 65- and 95-gallon sizes. City officials estimate 90 percent of the households are expected to order the 65-gallon size cart although all three sizes are available for the same cost.
Producing that many roll-out carts is just a small fraction of the half-million carts manufactured each year at the Rehrig Pacific plant in DeSoto. It’s one of five plants operated by the company nationwide and it furnishes carts for much of the Midwest as well as Colorado and Texas.
Here are some of the key points Prairie Village officials want people to know:
-The collection of trash, recycling, and yard waste will remain unchanged – with the improved exception of now being allowed 12 yard waste bags/containers/bundles each week throughout the year.
-The current weekly route schedule will remain the same and special collection for residents with hardships will remain the same.
-Overflow stickers for extra bags will remain at $1.25 each.
-The first year rate adjustment will increase from $14.50 to $16.00 per month.
-Large item pick up will still be conducted on an annual basis, with the 2017 to be determined.
-There’s more detailed information available online here.
City officials anticipate the old Deffenbaugh carts will be collected at the same time as the firm’s last trash/recycling collection during the final week of December.