Warwick, RI – DPW Director David Picozzi reports trash pickup will continue normally following a fire that took five garbage trucks out of action Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday, Picozzi said his department still has 13 trucks in service, and when one truck out for repairs is returned later this week, they’ll have 14 ready to work, enough to make all the city trash pickup routes as usual.
The fire, which is still under investigation by the fire marshal, rendered five of the City’s garbage trucks a total loss, according to Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Cooley. On Tuesday, Picozzi said the bill to replace them will be $1.3 million.
The department already had an item to replace one aging truck on the City Council docket for April 13, Picozzi said, so now they’ll re-write the request to ask for five trucks.
On Wednesday, Mayor Scott Avedisian said the trucks were insured. “The insurance adjuster was on scene during the fire,” Avedisian said. He said the City will need to determine how many of the trucks will ultimately be replaced, depending on the value of the trucks destroyed by the fire recouped by the City.
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