Garbage Truck Shortage

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The number of working garbage trucks in the city of Huntington has dwindled to three.

Public Works Director Chuck Cornett told a City Council meeting last night that eight of Huntington's 11 garbage trucks are out of service, along with two flatbed trucks used to pick up loose trash in alleys.

The average age of Huntington's garbage truck fleet is about 15 years. Cornett says besides normal wear and tear, the trucks are driven five days a week to a landfill about 17 miles away near Cannonsburg, Kentucky.

The city uses seven garbage trucks on a normal schedule. Cornett says Huntington should have one more truck in service by the end of this week and two more back on the road by sometime next week.

Residents are being asked to have their trash at curbside the night
before their scheduled collection days. Cornett says crews are collecting garbage as early as 4 a.m., with a second shift working until mid afternoon.

Mayor David Felinton plans to ask City Council to approve funding for three new trucks.

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