City Sanitary Service to mark 60 years of service

City Sanitary Service is set to celebrate 60 years of service to the community this January. Pictured from left are the company’s owners, David and Wendall Abkes. (Bethany Carson photo)

City Sanitary Service (CSS) trucks have been a familiar sight in the Aplington-Parkersburg area for nearly 60 years, and in New Hartford and Bristow for 55 years. Offering a tradition of friendly, small-town service is a priority for CSS owners and father and son Wendall and David Abkes.

The family and their eight employees run 12 trucks, offering residential, commercial and industrial garbage services. Their routes take them to Parkersburg on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Aplington on Tuesdays, New Hartford on Thursdays and Bristow on Fridays. They also serve surrounding rural routes, offer recycling containers, and offer a roll-off container service.

“The container business is a big share of our business,” said Wendall Abkes. “We never know what we may be hauling.”

A typical day starts at about 7 a.m. and continues until the route is complete–sometimes that’s 3 p.m., some-times 6 p.m.

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