Chicago garbage trucks may be overhauled

Trucks would take one-man crew
April 15, 2009 8:36:08 AM PDT
The city of Chicago is looking into buying 200 automated garbage trucks.Unlike the current trucks, which use three man crews, the automated trucks require only a driver. The trucks have mechanical arms that will pick up carts and dump garbage into the truck's bin.

The city has not purchased the trucks yet, which would cost about $40 million.

The laborers union complains that the automatic system leaves garbage behind.

Opponents also say carts must line up properly or the driver has to move them into place.


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