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Braintree makes the transition to automated trash pickup

Tony DiCesare used a remote-controlled robotic arm to empty an Abington family’s bin in July, a year after the town changed its system for collecting trash and recyclables.
Tony DiCesare used a remote-controlled robotic arm to empty an Abington family’s bin in July, a year after the town changed its system for collecting trash and recyclables. Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe/File

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After months of anticipation and hand-wringing, automated trash pickup is in full swing in Braintree. Officials for Braintree and its trash contractor, Sunrise Scavenger, expect automated pickup to increase recycling, save money, reduce injuries to collectors, and keep streets looking neater. But they also acknowledge its implementation since Sept. 30 has been marked by hiccups in service and reluctance from some residents.

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