The “Big Blue,” a 96-gallon automated container, is used for the One-Arm Bandit Program.
Automated refuse collection is the use of mechanical equipment to reduce or eliminate the need for city employees to lift and empty refuse containers. Fully automated refuse trucks use mechanical arms to lift special containers off the street, empty them into the trucks, and return them to their original positions. Semi-automated refuse trucks, used in some alleys, require city employees to roll the containers onto mechanical lifters to empty them into the backs of the trucks.
How Is Refuse Collected in Roanoke?
General Refuse Collection takes place once each week for each city residence and some small businesses. Customers must put out trash for collection in the Big Blue automated containers no earlier than 7 p.m. on the day before collection and no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection. Containers must be removed by 7 a.m. on the day following collection and placed behind the principle building line.
Place your “Big Blue” container, your recycling bin, and your bulk and brush out to the curb. Do not place the bulk in the street, just close to the curb and away from any vehicles, mailboxes, poles, trees, or low-lying utility lines.
If you participate in alley collection, place your “Big Blue” container and recycling bin in the alley, but set your bulk and brush to the street curb. Do not place the bulk in the street, just close to the curb and away from any vehicles, mailboxes, poles, trees, or low-lying utility lines.