Hattiesburg workers train for new automated garbage system

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some Hattiesburg Public Works employees are getting hands on training which will change how the city does it's garbage collection.

News 7 first told you about the new automated truck system Tuesday. Wednesday morning crews were out at the Bobby Chain Airport trying to get a grip on the new trucks and technology. City leaders say the goal is to make garbage pickup more efficient, using just one operator and eliminating the need for workers to ride on the back of trucks.

Training will last a few days, until the operators become comfortable with the new system.

"We're about five years behind everybody else," said Public Works Director Russell Davis. "Other cities we have talked with and spoke with have all being doing it from five to 14 years. It should benefit the city greatly, going to the automated system, because of the fact you won't have to worry about putting out three garbage cans, you can put out one that'll hold the same as three 30 gallon garbage cans."

Folks in Hattiesburg can expected to begin receiving their new can in about a month. The new trucks will being rolling out soon after.

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