Beginning Tuesday, Lexington residents will no longer need to separate glass from other recyclables in their Rosie recycling container.
Steve Feese, the city's director of waste management, said officials thought making recycling easier would mean more involvement.
"We know when something is more convenient people will participate. There is a big correlation between convenience and participation," he said.
The change was made possible by two additions to the department — new processing equipment and an increase in automated collection trucks.
Feese said the division of waste management has used automated trucks — vehicles with mechanical arms to dump the trash containers — since the mid-'90s. Because waste management was scheduled to get 26 new trucks as part of a normal wear-and-tear replacement, Feese said making them all automated allowed the trucks to pick up the recycling and yard waste bins as well as the trash bins.
Even though recyclables can now mingle in the same bin, Feese said people should not assume the new processor can sort any materials that are mixed together. Each individual trash bin should be used for its designated materials. Glass will not be collected if separated from the other recycling items after Tuesday.
The new trucks also require a little "elbow room" to operate Feese said, and asks residents leave about 3 feet between containers on the curb.