On Your Side: Trash Troubles

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6, July 11, 2007

Columbia County--Getting your trash picked up is something we take for granted, but imagine if it wasn't picked up for nearly a month.

That's just what's happening in one Columbia County neighborhood.

If you went weeks without getting your trash picked up, you can probably imagine the sights and smells.

Now take what you're imagining and make it reality. That's what some folks in Columbia County are living with.

"Our last track pickup was on Thursday June 21st." Homeowner Brenda Lowe said.

That was almost four weeks and Lowe is fed up.

"It's quite disgusting." she said.

For each of these weeks, Lowe and her neighbors have faithfully put out their trash and each week it continues to sit.

Mcgahee Sanitation is the company they all pay to collect it, but they haven't seen a trash truck in nearly a month.

Brenda: "They are telling me the driver got lost."
WRDW Reporter: "For 3 weeks?"
Brenda: "Yeah, for 3 weeks."

Week after week, the trash keeps piling up to the point that people are using their own cans because they long ago overfilled the company provided can.

And month old trash tends to attract some unwanted guests.

"I'm sure it's full of lovely creatures at this point." she said.

12 On Your Side called Mcgahee Sanitation to see what the problem is. The person who answered the phone said the owner would call back. He never did.

Brenda and her neighbors say they don't want any more excuses, they just want to see these piles hauled away and a little compensation wouldn't be so bad either.

"At this point with them being so late, we are due something." she said.

The one good thing is that there are multiple trash pick-up services that Brenda and her neighbors can start service with.

They might do that, but right now they just want Mcgahee Sanitation to pick up their trash.


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  • by richard Location: thomson on Oct 1, 2008 at 04:33 PM
    We all know about Mcgahee Sanitation and what goes on, I just thought I would let everyone know that there is now a new company in Mcduffie county. Acro waste 595-0800, they have my business.
  • by Nanci Abbott Location: Thomson GA on Feb 26, 2008 at 04:43 PM
    I also have McGahee Sanitation. Since about Thanksgiving. The've already neglected my trash pick up 3 times. They know that they are the only service in these areas, so why should they care? I guess until someone can find a way to get the point across, it will continue. Dumping all our trash in front of the office is a great idea, unfortunately, I don't have a truck available. There has to be someone to call to help get things done. I plan on finding that someone, and stickin in to 'em!!! Some people have to scrape up the money to obtain this service, and they can't even get what they pay for. Stealing is what it is. Maybe they can be brought up on some kind of Fraud charges. I'm sure going to check into it,now that I know that mine is not an isolated incident. Just Criminal!!!
  • by Marry Cox Location: Harlem, ga on Aug 6, 2007 at 11:55 AM
    Talking about the trash being picked up I have been calling McGhee trash since last week. The trash should have been picked up on Tuesday. I called on Friday and told them and unfortunately The LIED to me. The person I talked to said it would be picked up friday. and They did not pick it up I called them back at 4:45 on friday and he said it was going to be picked up between 6 and 6:30 they still did not pick it up. This is rediculas, we pay them to only pick up once a week, thats all whats going on why don't they put it in our taxes, like Richmond County, they pick up twice a week. I am tired of the excuses they give me.(like new driver, truck broke down.) Something has to be done. These people are taking advantage of us. They should go out of business.
  • by Ashlie Location: Dearing on Jul 16, 2007 at 03:02 PM
    I forgot to add, We will be taking our trash to their company and I will also print the article out and tape it to there door. If everyone else does the same I bet they would find time to dispose of it all.
  • by Ashlie Location: Dearing on Jul 16, 2007 at 02:56 PM
    I live on Hillman Gay Rd. in Dearing, right outside of Harlem, Ga. I have also recently had troubles out of Mcgahee Sanitation, my pick up day is on Mondays but for the past month they have been coming in the middle of the week, Wednesday or Thursday. I pay my bill on time and I expect my trash to be picked up on time. I called last week and complained and they told me they hired a new driver the week before and he was learning the route, but this has been happening for a month now, and I brought that to there attention, then they said they are having trouble with the truck. Somthing needs to be done about this company and their unorganization. I am considering calling another trash company for service. Thank you for your time.
  • by Joyce Location: Augusta on Jul 13, 2007 at 01:27 PM
    Don't companies honor contracts anymore? Why is it "ok" to ignore the consumers? I expect to have service rendered just as companies expect to get paid.
  • by Robbie Location: Augusta on Jul 12, 2007 at 10:09 AM
    At least you a choice of collectors....Augusta does not. Inland is doing a "fair" job of picking up household trash (mostly once a week...even though we're paying for twice weekly), but my yard waste has not been picked up since last November (2006).
  • by Kristen Location: Grovetown on Jul 12, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    we didn't get our trash picked up for 2 weeks. everytime we called we were told their truck was broken down.i cancelled my service and went with a new company a month ago. i had to call 15 times to get my refund check that was owed to me and my neighbor
  • by CJ Location: Thomson on Jul 11, 2007 at 04:56 PM
    yeh I have been told they don't pickup at the new subdivison either on time. but my gets pickup on saturdays.
  • by mickey Location: martinez on Jul 11, 2007 at 02:52 PM
    There is an easy fix to this. Get a couple of guys with pickup trucks this weekend and load up as many trash cans as they can. Take them to McGahee office and dump them on the front doorsteps.Leave a note of what subdivision it came from and it will help there memory
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