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Garbage Talk

Date posted: May 1, 2011

Good news for residents of Miramar:  The city recently signed a new service contract with Waste Pro, saving each resident $8.00 a month or almost $100 a year.   They will no longer use All Service Refuse Solid Waste & Recycling which is the company that the City of Tamarac uses. Miramar was able to save their city money as well, by agreeing to have Waste Pro handle residential and commercial garbage for the entire city.  As part of their new service, every resident received a new garbage can.  These 96 gallon cans have attached lids and wheels for rolling to and from the curb.

Newer containers can be picked up automatically

When I lived in Davie, our town made the switch to Waste Management’s automated system where they provided the same type of garbage cans.  Gone were the lost lids and broken wheels on our Home Depot cans.  These new garbage cans could hold twice as much trash and made every home on our street look uniform on trash day.  Waste Management also provided automated trucks that would grab the cans, lift them up and dump them into the truck.  No more walking by smelly garbage in the mornings, and the secure lids kept birds and critters out of the cans as well.

Typical trash day in the Woodlands

In Tamarac, many of my neighbors have been using the same trash cans for years.  Many cans don’t have their lids anymore, and some people don’t even have cans, leaving their garbage out in plastic bags.   On trash day, it’s not a very pretty sight with all the mismatched cans and bags lining the streets.  This is why this service offered by Waste Pro and Waste Management seem very attractive.   I know if Tamarac switched over to this automated system, there will be many neighbors complaining about the size of the can.  I can tell you that they are extremely easy to maneuver as my children used to roll it out to the curb with no problem.  I hope that when our current contract with All Service Refuse ends, the city will consider negotiating with a company that not only will save us money, it can make our neighborhood look a little better on garbage day.

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  • Jim82

    Those garbage cans sound great. I’ve seen them in Cooper City. The lids are very heavy – just enough to keep the trash in.

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  • Patti Lynn

    I did post another comment someplace, but I don’t have my navigation down yet. My only problem is that a lot of folks have paid to screen in their A/Cs in order to comply with Tamarac ordinances. Most of the people in my neighborhood don’t have trash cans, (senior community), so there will be NO room in those new enclosures for two of the rolling cans pictured. It would have been different had code enforcement not forced the issue several months ago.

    • woody72

      Patti you have to remember this is Tamarac. If you want to live in a well governed city, you’ll have to move. ( That’s my plan.)

  • tamocitizen

    Its a very good idea. When All Service leaves my community, there is garbage on the streets that fell out of the back of the truck or got spilled when the gman dumped the can. They don’t pick it up either. Then there are cans tossed anywhere and on windy days they are rolling all over the street for hours to the owners come home. Time to move into the 21st Century. . There will always be someone who has a problem with something. That’s just the way it is. Can’t keep everyone happy. You just have to do whats best for the majority.

    • ramairgt2011

      I also think its a great idea, All Service refuse offer automated trash & recycling pick up in many cities it serves such as Pembroke Pines, Weston and Coconut Creek. I have never had any service issues with them. Tamarac should renegoiate with them this way we are not stuck with a monoply. I have had Waste Management in other cities and their service is subpar.

  • Patti Lynn

    We’re not privy to all of the negotiations regarding the trash contracts. I believe that city staff would have done a thorough job, they’re usually very meticulous. At today’s meeting, they went through the timeline, and an RFP was sent out. I think that they said that Ace did not bid, but that might be a legal issue. The new system will be different for those who don’t have trash cans now, and Jack Strain indicated that there will be concessions when medically necessary. My only problem will be having to pay again to “screen” those cans from view. I didn’t have a trash can to screen, so, my A/C screen doesn’t have enough room for one, let alone 2 cans. The other good thing is that Mr. Strain said that residents will have a choice of which sizes to have. That’s a good thing and indicates the meticulousness of staff.

  • GuyH

    I have waste management and these containers and they are great. There is a guy who was just on ABC Sharks trying to sell a material cover for his garbage cans. Don’t know why New Jersey is archaic with the garbage services. These containers are great. I have two recycle containers (grey), 2 grass containers (green) and one trash container (blue). They are the big ones and they are great. I can wheel them (solid wheels that don’t break) and the plastic is strong, not that cheap plastic. They have smaller containers to fit everyone’s needs. However, I live in a family community and the large ones fit us fine. So much better than using those plain round containers.