Automated garbage trucks use robotic arms to pick up special bins and dump trash in the truck. (CBC )
Edmonton could be pulled into the future of garbage pickup, whether it likes it or not, as the city finds it harder and harder to find garbage trucks that aren't automated.
Every other major city in Canada has already moved to a system where automated arms pick up curbside garbage bins and dump their contents into the truck. In Edmonton, garbage collectors still hurl bags into the back of trucks.
"It's not a matter of if we move to automated pickup, it's a matter of when we move to automated pickup," said utilities manager Chris Ward.
Ward said no decisions have been made about whether the city will move to an automated system.