The company delivering the carts has said the city will receive the remainder of its order the week of Oct. 22.

The self-imposed deadline for Rehrig Pacific to deliver its trash carts in Burlington has come and gone, with dozen of residents still without a city-provided cart.

Don Fitting, superintendent of the wastewater treatment facility, told the city council Monday he was notified by Rehrig Pacific they were about 70 carts short.

"Why that is exactly, I didn't quite understand," said Fitting.

Delivery of about 9,600 new carts began Sept. 24 and was expected to conclude Oct. 6.

"Is it likely that we'll have all the carts delivered and exchanged by Nov. 1?" Fitting said, of the initial completion date. "We're sure going to try, but we just won't know until we actually get into it."

Based on his discussions with Rehrig Pacific, Fitting said the outstanding carts, and those he has ordered for exchanges and inventory, should be delivered to residents the week of Oct. 22.

The grace period for residents to exchange their 35-, 65- or 95-gallon cart for a different size, free of charge, expires Oct. 19. After next Friday, it will cost $35 to get a new cart.

Those who have received the grey city-owned carts are expected to use them in lieu of their old cans.