Fall bulk trash pick-up cancelled

Fall bulk trash pick-up cancelled

LAWTON, Okla._Due to a driver shortage, there will be not be a bulk trash pick-up for Lawton residents this fall.

City Manager Jerry Ihler made the announcement at Tuesday's City Council meeting, saying the city's trash division is short 9 drivers.  Ihler said that isn't enough manpower for the city-wide, curbside project, in which residents can put out trash that's too large to fit in their regular bins. City crews then collect that garbage separately from the regular trash collection process.

"The 16 drivers that we have, we're not able to even cover the residential, commercial and industrial routes that we have and have to do every day," Ihler said.

Ihler said that's why many residents probably don't see their trash picked up now until early evening. They've had to double up on three or four routes a day.

Ihler said while the curbside bulk pickup won't happen this fall, they will give people a chance to bring that trash to the McMahon Auditorium parking lot on October 23rd and

24th, where the city's trash division will be available to haul off the items.

Flyers will be sent out this week reminding residents of items that are and are not allowed to be dropped off. The city is also looking to hire more drivers to fill those 9 vacancies.