Trucks began crisscrossing southeast Huntington Beach on Monday, distributing the blue, green and brown containers that are the future of the city's waste disposal to roughly 500 families, officials at Rainbow Disposal Inc. said. It's a feat the company plans every day for six months, until the whole city has the new rolling containers.
Starting Monday, the first automated collection trucks in the city, powered by low-emission compressed natural gas, will roll through neighborhoods picking up trash and recyclables without their drivers ever stepping onto the pavement. Residents will be issued one container of each type by Rainbow Disposal. Additional recycling and green waste containers are free; extra trash cans cost a one-time fee. Huntington Beach is one of the last places in Southern California to adopt such a program, which has been standard practice for more than a decade in cities like Los Angeles.
Rainbow Disposal previously sorted recyclables out of all trash collected, but having residents separate it out ahead of time prevents materials from getting tainted by other waste.