New Fort Smith trash service again stirs debate

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The debate over the City of Fort Smith’s Automated Refuse Collection Program (ARCP) isn’t over. Not by a long shot.

Baridi Nkokheli, Director of the Fort Smith Department of Sanitation (DOS), faced an estimated 60 citizens, primarily from the Park Hill area, at an informational meeting Monday night (April 23) in the Rose Room at Creekmore Park.

In March, Park Hill East residents fought for a return to manual refuse collection after four months of the automated service. At the March 6 meeting, the City of Fort Smith Board of Directors voted 4-3 in favor of returning to manual although a formal survey showed a majority of residents in the area preferred automated collection.

City Director Andre Good, who voted against the move back to manual, was in attendance at Monday’s meeting. Click here to read the full story from our partners at