Before putting trash into the trash cart (the one with the black lid), put the items into plastic bags and twist tie/seal each bag securely.
Do not over-fill the trash cart.
Do not let any bagged trash or other disposable items stick up out of cart. The lid must fully close for automated pickup process to function smoothly.
What to do with over-flow items
If you have excess trash that will not fit into the trash cart, buy “overflow” 33 gallon plastic bags from the Franklin Department of Public Works. These special bags can be left near the trash cart (at least 3 feet away) for pickup.
Except for excess trash placed in the overflow 33 gallon plastic bags on sale on the Franklin DPW, please do not leave any trash or disposable items outside of the trash cart. Such items will not be collected.
There were some awkward moments last Friday as the collection vehicles made their first runs through Franklin neighborhoods.
At many homes, the two carts were placed too close together. The mechanical pickup arm banged into the adjacent cart as it attempted to grab one cart.
Some carts were left too close to mail boxes and utility poles. One time, low-hanging tree limbs impeded the functioning of the collection arm.
Here’s a video of the new collection system in operation in Franklin, Massachusetts:
“The collection vehicle’s lifting arm requires clearance: 3 feet on both sides, and 12 feet overhead. The cart should be no more than 3 feet away from the curb or road edge, and the arrows on the lid must be pointing toward the street. Please leave 3 feet between your recycling and trash container when placing them curbside.”