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Trash haulers struggle to work in snow, icy road conditions.

Byline: Scott Maben The Register-Guard

Sanipac picked quite the week to debut its new method of collecting recyclables.

"We haven't had a snow day in seven or eight years," Sanipac General Manager John Hire said. "Plus the holiday and it's a vacation week, and we had this new program starting."

The largest of Lane County's trash haulers fell behind schedule almost immediately Monday morning when snow snarled crews on the first day they picked up the new 90-gallon recycling roll carts. Garbage collection also was delayed in hilly neighborhoods in Eugene and Springfield.

The company got caught up on New Year's Eve, in time for the holiday break.

But by Friday morning, a new batch of snow again put drivers behind schedule on their routes. In some cases, garbage and recycling carts are being picked up a day or two late, Hire said.

In the hills especially, it's preferable to wait for streets to clear before taking trucks in, Hire said.

"It's just better for us to not be on the road," he said.

Customers should leave carts on the curb until they can be picked up, he said.

"And we will take all their extras," Hire added.

The company still has about 500 customers who haven't received the new recycling carts. Three trucks delivering the last batch of carts got stuck in the snowy Siskiyous of Southern Oregon and only arrived Friday, Hire said.

Royal Refuse also experienced problems from the weather. Crews fell a little behind in Eugene's south hills, said Bill Sanders, operations manager.

"It's just been one of those weeks you don't want to relive," Sanders said.

Lane Apex Disposal said it managed to keep all collections on schedule this week.
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