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Hand-Me-Down Truck Helps City Fleet

November 22, 2006

MASCOTTE, FL – The City of Kissimmee, Fla., is selling off one of its older garbage trucks to City of Mascotte, which already has one truck and wants another for a backup. The second truck also will help as Mascotte adds thousands of new homes and is forced to expand collection routes for its small sanitation department, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

Mascotte is buying the 1998 Volvo garbage truck equipped with a large mechanical arm to empty specially designed garbage cans. The cost is about $35,000, and the truck could be ready for delivery by the end of the month.

Kissimmee has used semi-automated garbage collection for years and has helped other cities to start their own. It also has a mechanic shop that is certified to repair the trucks. Mascotte also has depended on Kissimmee for repairs to its truck, which went into service last year. The truck’s arm was badly damaged in December in a collision with two other vehicles. Officials took the truck to a Tampa garage for $10,000 in repairs.

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