April 15, 2009 (CHICAGO) --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.