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2500 Michigan Ave.
Santa Monica, CA  90404

Phone: 310-458-2223
Fax: 310-264-7750
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Santa Monica’s Refuse and Recycling Division Welcomes Fleet Addition – A New Smaller Rear Loader 

Collecting wheeled carts in tight areas like narrow streets and alleys with an automated unit has typically been difficult. Many of the City's alleys were designed and built many years ago when waste collection was done very differently – by hand.  Many of these alleys are simply too narrow for the larger automated collection vehicles currently in the City’s fleet. To combat this problem, a smaller-bodied vehicle known as the City’s Ambassador Truck was purchased. It allows City staff  to efficiently collect residential containers in the tightest alleys throughout the City. The new method of collection will also cut down on the risk of injury to staff.   



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