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Autobin collection went well: city staff

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CITY officials say the first day of Winnipeg's garbage and recycling overhaul went well.

On Monday, Winnipeg switched from manual garbage collection to automated garbage and recycling carts.

As well, residents now have a set day of the week for their garbage and recycling collection, instead of the old cycle system.

Winnipeg's solid-waste manager Darryl Drohomerski said 37,000 city households were to have their trash, recyclables and yard waste picked up on Monday. This week, a total of 190,000 Winnipeg households will use the automated carts.

So far, Drohomerski said he hasn't heard of any major problems with the garbage collection. The city's 311 hotline received calls from about 50 residents across Winnipeg who hadn't yet received automated carts, he said.

The city also fielded a number of calls from residents who were confused about their collection day, Drohomerski said. A number of homes in St. James mistakenly put their trash out for collection because Monday would have been their collection day under the old cycle system, he said.

"There's a few little things -- hiccups here and there," Drohomerski said. "For the first day, everything looks pretty good."

The changeover comes one year after city council approved a garbage and recycling master plan that aims to improve the city's dismal trash-diversion rates. Only about 15 per cent of all waste is diverted away from landfills and the move is expected to increase the diversion rate to more than 50 per cent over the next decade.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 2, 2012 A4

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