Knightdale gets new public works vehicle to help with debris collection

mhankerson@newsobserver.comOctober 16, 2013 

Knightdale public works employee Scott Graley demonstrates how Knightdale’s truck can pick up yard debris. Knightdale contracts with Waste Industries for regular trash collection

MECHELLE HANKERSON — mhankerson@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

— Knightdale’s yearly switch to leaf and other debris collection will be getting a little easier this year once the newest waste collection truck makes it way to town.

The town recently purchased the new truck to help with debris collection. Currently, the town uses one truck that can be outfitted to collect leaves, branches and other debris. The townspent between $50,000 and $60,000 to have it outfitted for its different uses.

Trash collection is contracted with Waste Industries, so the town hasn’t had to keep more than one truck.

But with a growing population and the problems that can arise if the town’s lone truck needs service or isn’t working, it was time for the town to look into having another one.

Fred Boone, public works director in Knightdale, said the new truck is actually a used truck, purchased at about $40,000 instead of the normal $80,000 for a brand-new truck.

Every year in October, the town makes a switch to focus on leaf collection. With bigger waste collection fleets, the switch wouldn’t mean much for residents besides being aware of when the truck was coming to their neighborhood.

With one truck, it could put significant stress on the six-person staff at Knightdale’s public works plant.

Boone said that without the truck, picking up yard debris would be a three-man job. The employees would have to use rakes and pitchforks to move any waste rather than pick it up with the truck’s hydraulic arm.

“If the truck goes down and we have to put three people on one job, it really inhibits our ability to get all our other jobs done,” Boone said.

Leaf collection lasts from October until the end of January.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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