City Looking at Automated Garbage Trucks
By Prescott Carlson in News on Apr 15, 2009 10:30PM
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"It's gonna be a terrible cut in service. I'd like to see them go down an alley in Pilsen, where there's garbage all over the ground. Who's gonna clean that up?" said Lou Phillips, business manager of Laborers Union Local 1001, whose members stand to lose their jobs.
Phillips also told the Sun-Times that a test of the new trucks last October was "disastrous" and that Mayor Daley said at the time that a full citywide switch was a bad idea and "would not be pursued." Looks like he changed his mind. A Streets and Sanitation spokesman said the city is only issuing an RFQ as a fact-finding mission, to just "merely expand the city's options."
What we don't get is how a side-loading truck would be practical in Chicago's alleys -- would the truck have to go down the alley, turn around, then go down it the other way? If so, that certainly seems like a less-than-optimal solution. [S-T]