Traditional garbage barrels are headed for the dump as La Cañada Flintridge's two solid-waste haulers proceed with plans to convert to wheeled collection bins and environmentally friendly trucks.
Allied Waste Services and Athens Services will deliver new waste bins to customers starting Dec. 6, but educational efforts already are underway. On Sept. 16, the haulers hosted a public workshop at City Hall to inform residents about the changes. A second workshop is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. All customers are asked to make their preferences for cart sizes known to their trash hauler by Nov. 1.
"We believe that this is an enhancement for people," said David Davis, a solid-waste consultant who works with the city. "[The bins] are easier to handle. There is reduced spillage and less odor because they have hinged lids that fit tight, so they keep the dogs out and the odors in. And your neighborhood will look a little neater on collection day."