April 26, 2010

For Additional Information:

Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0535


Meridian Prepares for Transition to Fully-Automated Trash Collection and Encourages Citizens to Be Ready to Roll


Meridian, ID – (April 26, 2010) – The City of Meridian and Sanitary Services Company (SSC), the company contracted by the City to handle waste collection, are working to help residents prepare for the city’s upcoming switch to fully-automated trash collection, projected to take place beginning the week of July 5, 2010.


Under this new system, Meridian residents will be provided a wheeled trash cart by SSC in a choice of three sizes. Residents will fill their carts with garbage during the week and then roll them out to the curb or edge of their road on their regularly-scheduled collection day. SSC garbage trucks equipped with a mechanical arm will lift the carts and empty their contents into the truck without the driver ever leaving the vehicle.


Wheeled carts can be pre-order between now and May 28, 2010 by calling SSC at 888-3999 or via e-mail sent to:  Residents should be prepared to provide their name, address, phone number, cart size preference, and customary trash collection day.  If you currently have a 95 gallon cart and wish to keep it you do not need to contact SSC. 


Residents will no longer be able to use their own trash cans, boxes, barrels, or bags, or set loose items out for pick-up, and will only be allowed to put out the out the amount of trash that fits within the wheeled cart(s) issued to by SSC.


On May 4, 2010, the Meridian City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed sold waste collection rate schedule for the change to fully-automated Trash Collection.  The proposed fees are:


$16.32 per month for 95 Gallon Service

$14.32 per month for 65 Gallon Service

$12.32 per month for 35 Gallon Service


Each additional cart for trash or recycle will cost an additional $2.00 per month per cart. Your monthly rate will be based upon the largest trash container you have.


These proposed rates will replace the current rate schedule which is $13.45 for base service and $16.33 if a 95 gallon trash cart is currently being rented.  Each of these service options also includes one co-mingled recycling cart at no additional charge, upon request.  The proposed rate structure ensures that households that dispose of smaller amounts of trash will pay the lowest fees, bringing equity to the system.


Meridian’s upgrade to a cart-based automated trash collection system will make the community more cognizant of the amount of refuse generated and highlight recycling habits.  It is anticipated that his will help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our limited landfill space.


Bill Nary, a member of Meridian’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, says, “We expect Meridian’s upgrade to a cart-based automated trash collection system to result in a cleaner community and allow for more cost-effective delivery of services. Many U.S. cities have already adopted this new technology and their residents have really embraced it.”


He adds, “We understand that change is difficult for some people, but we’re committed to making this transition as smooth as possible. Hopefully it won’t be long until this new system seems like second nature to everyone.”   


For more information about the upcoming change residents can visit the City of Meridian website at to see a list of frequently asked questions and other information about the upcoming conversion.


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded as a farming community in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family. For more information about Meridian, visit