New garbage and yard debris carts start rolling out to Gresham residents Monday, Oct. 1, as the city begins its move to a fully automated cart system for garbage, yard debris and recycling.

It will take all of October to distribute the approximately 20,000 carts. But residents can get a sneak peak at them during the 30th Annual Teddy Bear Parade on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Carts are expected to make weekly garbage and yard debris collection more efficient and safer for customers as well as garbage haulers. It also has “long-term benefits including keeping rates low,” said Steve Fancher, Gresham’s environmental services director.

The new roll carts replace customer-owned cans with hauler-provided carts at no extra cost to customers. The move to carts also lowered garbage rates for all Gresham residents in August. Rate reductions range from 25 cents to $4.45 per month depending on the level of service.

Residents may use their old garbage and yard debris cans to put out extra trash or debris to be hauled away, at a cost of $3 per container of yard debris and $4.10 per container of garbage.

Old cans also can be recycled at Far West Fibers, 12820 N.E. Marx St., in Portland.

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