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City works to replace damaged rollout containers

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By David Giuliani

The city is expecting to have more reports of damaged rollout containers in the coming years.

That’s because many of the rollouts have been around nine years, and their life expectancy is six.

“With time, they get frail,” said Alvin Jiron, manager of the city’s solid waste department. “The lids break off; that’s the first thing to go.”

A couple of weeks ago, the city received a shipment of 100 new containers. By Monday, 30 had already been sent to households needing them.

When the city gets new containers, its first priority is to send them to homes without them, Jiron said. Then those with damaged rollouts get replacements.

New customers usually get their containers within two weeks, Jiron said, while it can take up to two months for damaged containers to be replaced. As of last week, the city had 32 reports of damaged containers and six of households without rollouts, he said.

The highest demand for containers is in August when the fall semester begins at area colleges and many students request solid waste service, Jiron said.

The city has 5,171 customers who use residential rollout containers.

The containers cost $50 each, each including a serial number. The city saves $5 per rollout by not including a “City of Las Vegas” inscription, Jiron said.

Jiron said that when he started as manager two and a half years ago, 300 customers were without containers. He said the city had long neglected the solid waste department, but the current city administration has focused on improving the service.

Residential garbage service costs $14.05 a month. The city is now conducting a study to determine if that’s the appropriate rate.

“We have to watch our spending,” Jiron said.