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What's That Robot Arm?

Updated: Feb 25, 2020

Robert Wright Disposal uses primarily automated garbage trucks in our fleet to streamline our collection process.

Why use automated trucks?

  1. It's Safer. By keeping drivers inside the truck they lessen the risk of getting hit by another vehicle. Also, operating the mechanical arm is much less strenuous on the driver's body.

  2. It's more efficient. The automated truck is simply faster than a driver, we can pick up approximately 30% more stops with only one driver instead of two. This helps us keep our costs lower and also produce less harmful environmental emissions.

Here are some interesting facts about Automated Trucks:

  • The driver controls the arm with a joystick from inside the cab.

  • The driver's seat is on the right side of the truck. This allows them to have better visibility of the cans they are picking up.

  • Drivers can still get out of the truck on their routes.

  • The robotic arm hugs your cans to pick them up there is no handle it uses to pick them up.

Where do I need to put my cans?

To allow the robotic arm to collect your trash and recycling there are a couple of specifics for what you need to do to make sure the process runs smoothly:

  • Place your cans facing forward (handle bar and wheels facing away from the street.

  • Place the can within 2 feet of the street

  • Leave a minimum of 3 feet of clearance on both sides. Please do not place closer than 3 feet to poles, mailboxes, or other containers.

  • Make sure the can is unobstructed (do not park in front of the can).

We are excited to provide automated service to our customers and as always if you have any questions comments or concerns feel free to give us a call at (518) 439-3376.

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