Bloomington Public Works is changing the way it collects trash and recycling thanks to smart trucks

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The City of Bloomington is exploring a new way to collect trash and recycling. With the use of technology driven solid waste trucks, crews will now be able collect garbage and recycling more efficiently.

This stems from the Bloomington City Council new push to improve the way the city does things. This week leaders announced they will be improving their solid waste trucks, by turning them into Smart Trucks. 

Over the next 30 days the City of Bloomington will be installing on-board computers, cameras and sensors on its trucks.

“There’s a tablet, a simple iPad looking thing in the truck, and it gives drivers turn by turn ability,” said Director of Public Works, Jim Karch. “It allows them to also use photos and video out in the field so that they can provide good customer service.”

Karch says the switch to paperless technology will help the city better assist neighbors.

“Lets say we had a customer need in the middle of the day,” he said. “Now when we get a call or when we get a complaint, better customer service can be provided because we can send a notice to the tablet for that driver. Their route would automatically adjust, so they can make sure that by the end of the day we can get that citizen serviced.”

Many say they’re happy to see the city improving the way they pick up solid waste. Bill Kauth says the city’s new push towards efficiency is a push in the right direction.

“As residents we want to make sure that things are running efficiently, and we are using our tax dollars efficiently,” said Kauth. “Anything that will help with that is great, if they think it’ll work im willing to try it.”

Under the new system residents will still have to set out their trash and recycling by 6 a.m. on collection day. Drivers will run routes every week for garbage and every other week for recycling.

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