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Elderly man injured rolling out bulky garbage bins

5:02 PM, Jun 11, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mike Sedor took a trip out of his front door that he wants to forget after being injured while rolling out one of the city's new garbage bins.

The city and Southland Waste began the new program this month where homeowners were given large 96-gallon bins for trash and recycling, and one truck operator can pick them up using new trucks with a mechanical arm.

Sedor's recycling bin was almost full he says after he decided to recycle some old files. He doesn't have a paved driveway and it was a rough trip out to the street. When he got there and stopped, disaster struck.

"Maybe the load shifted," said Sedor, 69. "It went down and it just flopped over and threw me in the road, over the top."

Mary Smith, a neighbor, saw it happen and was terrified.  "My boyfriend said he could not get out of the street. I said 'you go help him while I call the ambulance.' He was just bleeding all over when the ambulance came."

"They bandaged me up (on his right forearm). I sprained my toe, my ankle. I got all these scrapes on my knee. I bruised a couple of ribs, tore all the skin off of my arm. Scraped my fingers on my left hand. I'd rather not have this experience again. I'd rather no one ever have it."

Sedor refused a trip to the hospital. Medics helped him with bandages. He went inside his home and says he went right to bed. Sedor is no fan of these big bins.

"I hate these things, they're ugly and not easy to roll if you don't have a paved driveway. This is ridiculous."

Smith said "They are way too big for an elderly man his size, those trash cans. They need to make them smaller."

Debbie Delgado with the city of Jacksonville and Lee-Catherine Hicks of Southland Waste say they have had very few complaints about the size of the blue bins. They say the new program is going well. The new system is expected to generate more recyclables for the city and improve the environment.

"If someone feels the bins are too big to handle, they can call the city and receive a smaller 65-gallon bin," said Delgado. She says a few people have done just that. But homeowners are being asked to keep them at least 60 days and give them a try, if possible.

If someone wants a smaller bin, call the city at 630-CITY. 

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