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Amarillo residents respond to city's new curbside pickup carts

The city's new curbside collection carts were locked behind closed gates on Thursday, leaving some residents wondering when they will be implemented (ABC 7 Amarillo - Morgan Burrell).

It is out with the old and in with the new. The city of Amarillo is replacing dumpsters around town with curbside carts.

The city's new curbside collection carts were locked behind closed gates on Thursday, leaving some residents wondering when they will be implemented.

There is no exact timeline on the distribution but the city said some folks could get them as soon as next week.

Just a few blocks from where Pamela McMahan lives in Amarillo, hundreds of the new carts are being stored. McMahan said she is excited to get rid of the giant metal bin that sits outside her home.

McMahan lives on a dead end street, it is one of the first places the city said it will implement the new personal carts

"I know and I'm excited I can hardly wait," said McMahan. "I think we need that."

Toni Emmons, who lives just a few blocks away, said she has a few concerns about the new carts and how residents like her will maneuver them.

"The fact is, we're still going to have trash hauled out to our curb which is not convenient for senior citizens or old ladies," said Emmons.

McMahan said she is only worried about one thing, but she has a solution.

"I mean the wind, but if you put them up by your house or you lock them together or something, they'll be alright."

Emmons said she is not as confident that the plastic container will hold up against the Amarillo wind.

"And do I think it's all going to stay where it belongs, up on the curb," said Emmons. "No, I don't."

Emmons said even though the cart's new system has not been implemented yet, it leaves her with more questions than answers.

"If it ain't broke don't fix it," said Emmons. "No one's told me why it's broken."

But McMahan hopes the new carts will fix the city's illegal dumping problem.

"I get tired of it, I cut up all the extra trash I find and put it in my dumpster," said McMahan "I got the signs to put on it and I still have trouble with them dumping stuff."

ABC 7 reached out to the city of Amarillo on Thursday, but no one was available for comment.

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