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Pictured are the 64-and 96-gallon Veolia recycling carts. Current Veolia customers in Hammond and Roberts can expect to see these new carts on their curbs in the coming weeks.

Hammond and Roberts residents may notice new red and green recycling carts on their streets this week. Veolia Environmental Services Solid Waste is introducing "single stream recycling" to customers in the area.

The changes come after Veolia purchased new automated trucks in order to become more efficient and environmentally friendly.

"By adjusting our routes to every other week, we have less exhaust fumes and wear and tear on the roads. Since we are using new automated trucks for these routes, residents can choose one of three different sized carts, but will be required to use a new cart. The old 18 gallon bins will not work with these automated trucks," said Veolia Route Manager Troy Hemmesch.

The idea of the new recycling style is to "promote residents to recycle more just with the ease of use," said Veolia Operations Manager Mark Pumper.

The new carts do not require residents to sort any recycling material, whereas the old bins had to be sorted by paper, cans, bottles and glass.

The green and red carts aren't only newer, but they are almost three times taller than the old bins, "allowing residents additional volume capacity and ease of preparing the material all mixed together," Pumper said.

The larger size should actually be easier for residents to bring to the curb, as the new carts have wheels, Pumper said.

Pumper said the red lids should prevent material from blowing around in the neighborhood and a large label inside the lid clearly defines what material is recyclable.

Veolia is hoping to deliver the new carts this week and residents can begin using them immediately. Veolia hopes to complete all bin deliveries by the end of December.

The new bins do not cost residents any additional money and "residents will be allowed to keep the old bins as they work well as storage bins for the garage or a shed," Pumper said.  

In addition to new bins, recycling service times may change for some residents.

Hemmesch said recycling pickup will start early in the morning in Roberts and Hammond.

"We will be servicing the residents of Roberts on their current recycling schedule, which is what we call B week, and Hammond will be serviced on the other week, what is A week. We will mail out calendars to both, that will keep the resident informed about when it will be serviced."

Hemmesch said Veolia will be distributing informational handouts to current customers informing them of all the changes to their current recycling services.

More information can be found online at or residents can contact Veolia Customer Service Center Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 651-487-8546.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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