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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Roll carts raise concerns for senior citizens, people with disabilities

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

I have multiple concerns regarding the possible new trash can roll carts. I have several neighbors on East St. Charles Road who are senior citizens (as am I), making it very difficult, if not impossible, to pull full carts to the end of their driveways.

If someone falls while rolling these mandatory carts and breaks an arm or hip, who would pay for that? Some residents don't have flat surfaces for the carts to stay put, and they might end up overturned or in the road. Using these carts in bad weather might be impossible for people with disabilities.

Washing the can will also be an issue for those who are physically unable or who do not have the facilities to wash the cans outside with a place to dump the waste. Not everyone has a place to store the cans and leaving them outside can bring unwanted bugs and vermin and also be an eyesore.

Some weeks we have more trash than what the cans can hold. What are we to do with the extra trash? In the winter when snow is piled up by the mailboxes by snow plows or cars are parked along the streets, how will the new trucks get to the carts?

It's understood that some employees have been injured. I feel the city of Columbia should update the trucks instead of taking jobs away from hard-working people of the city. I know several people who will not be able to use these carts and are now looking to make other arrangements for their waste.

Clarence "Woody" Woodard is a Columbia resident.


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Robin Nuttall October 31, 2012 | 8:52 a.m.

My home town has had roll carts for decades. My 85 year old mother has no difficulty rolling her trash can to the end of the driveway. If someone is going to have difficulty, couldn't neighbors help out on that one day?

Our sanitation workers are in danger each and every day from having to constantly get on and off the truck. Injuries, both acute and chronic, are endemic to the job. Roll carts will reduce costs, but also will vastly improve job conditions and help our sanitation workers stay healthy.

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