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Updated: 01/01/2018 02:06:01PM

No. 3: Garbage woes plague county residents

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One of the new Waste Connections trucks demonstrates the robotic arm used to pick up and dump trash cans in Sun 'N Lake Thursday afternoon. Once county garbage customers are switched over to the new cans they will begin running these new, more efficient trucks.

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In a promotional photo from Kodiak Products, a grizzly bear attempts to open a sample of the company's 'Kodiak Can.' The company claims to have a can that bears can't open, but that will open when lifted and tilted by an automated garbage collection truck.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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SEBRING — Garbage collection took a turn toward recycling this year, to meet state requirements. Like most changes, it wasn’t smooth.

It took three months or more to distribute the new cans and a whole year to adjust customers to new schedules and procedures, train Waste Connections’ customer service personnel to meet customers needs and concerns, handle unexpected hardships — like Hurricane Irma — and supply cans that would both work with the new system and resist tampering by bears.

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