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Waverly upgrading garbage trucks

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The City of Waverly is purchasing two new garbage trucks to improve collection efficiency.

The city council approved the purchase of $456,888 for two new 2015 trucks with automated loading arms. A third city vehicle was also approved. The current trucks are about 6-7 years old, and will be traded in for $80,000.

The new automated arm was a huge draw, said Public Services Superintendent Brian Sullivan.

"It saves time and effort getting in and out," he said.

The current trucks have a semi-automated side-loading arm, but still require the operator to do some manual labor. The new trucks can be operated entirely from inside the cab.

Sullivan said the replacement project began seven years ago, when the city began upgrading garbage cans to work with these new trucks.

Waverly is expected to take delivery of the new trucks in about 10 months. Sullivan said the delay comes while they wait for the company to find chassis.

"We're hoping they'll be able to find a few a little earlier than that," Sullivan said.

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