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New trash carts can't be used until November 30

Posted at 7:58 PM, Sep 15, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On November 30 the FCC Environmental will take over trash collection from Waste Management. Over 30,000 Omaha residents have already received their new trash carts.

"They nest, so you can put one inside the other one which is great because they’re really large and they’re a little large for my wife and I who don’t have kids at home, so we don’t accumulate a lot of garbage and recycling," said Layton Christensen, an Omaha resident.

Residents who have already gotten the new carts are going to have to find a place to store them until later this year. The new ones can't be used just yet. The current system used by Waste Management isn't able to dump the 96-gallon carts.

The new carts require an automated truck that FCC will be using. Waste Management employees empty the trash bins manually.

Jim Thieler, the assistant director of Public Works, said in a statement to 3 News Now that they've tried to work hard to inform residents of the timeline of the changes. Some residents though have began using the new carts.

If the new trash carts are put out before November 30 instead of the current ones, they will be tagged and the resident will be notified that the trash will be picked up the following week on their regular collection day.