South Hills communities consider automated garbage pick-up

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New garbage trucks armed with robotic arms that pick up trash bins may be in the future for some South Hills communities.

Heidelberg mayor Kenneth LaSota said at the borough's council meeting Tuesday night that SHACOG, the South Hills Area Council of Governments, is considering proposals from trash hauling companies that will reduce costs by replacing

about half the number of garbage truck employees with an automated system.

Currently, trash trucks have two employees, a driver and a thrower who tosses the trash into the truck. With the automated system, there is only a driver who operates a remote control robot arm that picks up a standard-sized trash receptacle, the mayor said.

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Bob Podurgiel, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com


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