Residents asked not to use new trash cans until Oct. 31

The Public Works Department is asking people who have already received their new trash totes not to use them yet.

Residents should continue to use their old trash cans until Oct. 31, when the new pickup program starts.

Public Works Director Chris Saley said it takes four weeks to distribute the new totes throughout the city, so not all residents have them yet.

The city is switching to a new automated pickup up program, using new trucks with a  mechanical arm to pick up the new totes.

People who receive their new totes before Oct. 31 should wait until Oct. 31 to use them, Saley said.