Cedar Rapids’ fleet of two-worker, rear-load garbage trucks are on the way out.
On Tuesday, the city’s Solid Waste & Recycling Division unveiled one of its seven new single-worker, side-load garbage trucks intended to cut the city’s labor costs and help reduce worker injuries.
The city intends to purchase 10 of the trucks in total at a cost of about $250,000 each, Steve Hershner, the city’s interim utilities director, reported on Tuesday.
Hershner said nine city positions will be eliminated with the new trucks, but he said the displaced workers will have options to move into other city jobs. In fact, the city’s solid-waste operation has been running at a “bare-bones” level in anticipation of bringing on the new one-worker trucks without layoffs, Hershner said.
Are the automated trucks a good investment for the city?