Collection changes are on the horizon

Sep 7, 2023

SPENCER – The Town of Spencer is preparing to put a new automated side load (ASL) garbage truck into service beginning September 25. This change will aid our Public Works staff in their endeavor to serve the Town by streamlining the collection process, reducing delays in waste collection due to vehicle maintenance, and increasing staff time to work on other projects around Town.

With this truck come several collection adjustments outlined in a brochure that will arrive in mailboxes in the near future. Some things that may be impacted are street parking, container placement, and the collection schedule. The Town will host a community information session on Wednesday, September 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Town Hall. Lemonade and cookies will be provided while Town staff review the upcoming changes in waste collection.

Click on the image below for a PDF of the Collection Changes brochure.

The Town’s new garbage truck is a 2024 Mack LR with a Heil Dura Pack Python Full Eject 28 cubic yard high compaction automated side loading refuse body. Commonly known as an Automated Side Load (ASL) truck, this equipment facilitates a significant safety and efficiency improvements to our collection process, requiring only the driver to operate all parts of the ASL truck. The cost of the truck was approximately $360,813, and the town is financing about 78 percent of this cost over 10 years with a low-interest loan from the USDA Rural Development community facilities program. The Town was able to make a significant down payment of $80,495 towards the truck by allocating a portion of our ARPA Supplanted Funds towards this project. After launching with extra staff on the new truck to ensure a seamless transition and a high level of customer service, our two extra crew members will eventually take on other tasks in Public Work such as street maintenance, mowing, park maintenance, and special projects.

Citizens learn about the Town of Spencer's new Automated Side Load garbage collection truck

Citizens learn about the Town of Spencer’s new Automated Side Load garbage collection truck at a special event on September 13, 2023.

Town’s Contact Information:
Name: Joel Taylor
Title: Public Works Director
Address: 600 Sowers Ferry Road, Spencer, NC 28159
Phone:  704-633-5331


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