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Fewer Trash Cans in Richland Parks, Saving Taxpayers Money

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Richland is known for its many parks, and about a month ago the City changed the way they collect trash at some of the city's smaller parks.

Many of Richland's parks now have fewer garbage cans but the trash is still getting thrown away.

One month ago, the City moved to replace smaller cans that required liners with larger receptacles. These bins get picked up by more automated trucks and, according to the City, are saving tax payers a good sum of money.

With the big bins the trash does not have to be collected as often, and the City is not spending money on replacing the bags.

One parks supervisor explained how much work went into deciding to adopt the larger bins.

"We were looking inside of every garbage can. We have our guys out there everyday and they literally are looking inside to see what's being thrown and everything else so, information, more and more information for us is key," said Richland Parks Facility Supervisor, Shawn Harper.

Right off the bat, the City saved about $80,000 when they did not have to upgrade one of the older trash trucks.

While there are fewer trash cans, the City has placed the new big ones in easy to spot locations and so far the parks remain clean.