VALRICO, Fla. - Hillsborough County is beginning a trash can swap-out for 90 gallon containers that continue to draw criticism from senior citizen residents.
"It's just not that easy to get in position. I can't even drag it," explained Beverly Whited.
Whited, 79, lives in Featherock, a 55-plus mobile home park in Valrico. Residents began receiving the new trash cans in August as a part of Hillsborough County's new solid waste contract.
"I will never fill this unit. Never!" Whited said.
So, Whited stopped using hers, fearing a back or hip injury.
Hillsborough County asking people to give them a try, at least through the holidays and all the packaging.
"It's so big. Did you see how big it is?" Teres Girone asked.
Girone parked her container long ago, just like many of her neighbors, now hiding them behind their homes as lawn ornaments.
The avergae resident at Featherock is 67 years old. Girone's husband is 93.
"How can he go downstairs and take trash? He can't! I have to do everything," she said.
Girone and Whited asked for smaller containers, but both say Hillsborough County told them they'd have to wait until January.
ABC Action News called Hillsborough County Public Works and they looked into it right away, reporting they've started a swap-out program, but admitting it could take several weeks.
In the meantime, Featherock's streets are getting creative.
Girone shares a can with her younger, more nimble neighbor.
"I put all my trash in this little one," Girone explained.
Whited uses her recycling container and a rope tie.
"I simply hook this on and pull it," she said.
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