Hydraulic oil and glass spills on City streets and in Gated Communities

By Michael Hahn posted 22 days ago

I'm the Solid Waste Manager for the City of Port St. Lucie, Florida. We have been experiencing an ongoing problem with hydraulic oil spills and glass spills on GSP side loaders.  With regards to glass spills, these trucks from my understanding weren't designed for recycling but rather, for the collection of solid waste. Is that true? The contractor is currently retrofitting these trucks to mitigate the glass spills.

Regarding hydraulic oil spills, as I write this, we had a large hydraulic spill in a gated community. And I don't know why, but the gated communities seem to get the lions share of the spills. We have quite a few of them so I suppose the law of averages would be in play. And... its never a small spill or leak. We have a private contractor doing our solid waste hauling. I'm asking the membership, what are your experiences with glass and oil spills. Is this relatively common? How do you or your contractor remediate the oil stains? What have you done as a Manager or Department Head to combat this problem? Does your municipality haul there own garbage or do you contract that out as we do? Thank you.