By Charly SHELTON
It’s official – there are new trash cans coming to Montrose.
After three years of talking and deciding, revisions and bids, choosing colors and getting diameter approvals, plus a dozen other aspects of trash-can-ness, new trash cans are coming to Montrose in just a few short weeks.
“They’re Montrose green,” said Mike Whitaker from the City of Glendale, joking with the MSPA Board of Directors at their monthly meeting held last Thursday.
The color is actually called forest green, and the trash cans come paired with blue bins for recycling; the two cans will be bolted together. Currently there are 47 trash cans in green metal containers scattered throughout the Montrose Shopping Park. The new cans replacing them will drop the total to 38, but each one of those cans is actually the two bins bolted together to separate trash and recycling. So it’s more like 76 cans. Additionally, each bin is larger in volume than those currently being used, increasing the size to 32 gallons each.
MSPA Board President Andre Ordubegian is glad to have the cans coming. After several years and many attempts at getting new trash cans for the Montrose Shopping Park and the surrounding parking areas, they are finally on their way. And that is due, in large part, to Whitaker being the MSPA advocate.
“He has just been a godsend,” Ordubegian said. “We have been trying for years to get this done and all we’ve had done is research. Everyone we talked to said they would help and then came up and did research and that was the end of it. [Whitaker] actually went to the people and asked, ‘How do you want to solve it?’ He’s such a gentleman and a really great guy.”
Whitaker said the cans have officially been purchased and have a shipping date of March 31. They will probably take about two weeks to ship and then they will have a phased installation period. A truck will come around Montrose Shopping Park each day and replace the old green metal cans with one of the new dual cans. This will continue one load at a time for several days until they are all installed in the new locations. Whitaker said the community can expect to see the new cans beginning about mid-April.
“The best news,” Whitaker said, “is that I don’t have to listen to Mrs. Whitaker come home and say, ‘They asked me again – when are we getting the containers up in Montrose?’ The containers have been bought!”