PLAINVILLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Town of Plainville said that they will be cracking down on the size of recycling containers residents can put out for disposal workers to collect.
Plainville Board of Health Director Deborah Revelle told WBZ's Suzanne Sausville that residents have been using containers too small for the automated arm on the recycling truck to grab, but too heavy for the truck operator, Pete, to pick up by hand.
Revelle said Pete "is a pretty big strong guy- but when you have to have the arm span to hold that and lift it over your head 352 times a day for each route, 5 days a week- it caused an injury to him."
Replacement drivers could not lift the containers, and since their contracts said that workers do not have to lift anything above 35 pounds, residents were left with a choice. Plainville residents were told to put out either 35-gallon containers that the driver can lift, or 65-gallon containers that the automated arm on the recycling truck can handle. Any containers in between those sizes will not be taken.
WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.