New Bedford residents have a little more time to get used to the new trash collection system.

The automated system began going into effect in June, and by all accounts has been quite effective in increasing recycling and decreasing waste.

Speaking on his weekly radio program, Mayor Jon Mitchell says for those that are still struggling with the new regulations, he's extending the grace period.

That point will be the end of October.

If you still have questions about the new regulations associated with the program, click the link below, or call the Department of Facilities and Fleet Management at 508-979-1520.