News 12 First at Five / Wednesday, May 15, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The new sanitation contract hasn't even started yet, and some say it's causing problems. The largest sanitation contract Augusta has ever let out starts June 1.
There will be lots of changes, including the price you pay and the days you get service. Your trash system is changing and your day of service as well.
"We're going to one time a week, there's incentive-based recycling and we're using three new garbage trucks as part of it," said Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson.
No more two-a-days. They will pickup garbage, recycling, yard and bulk waste on the same day once a week. There's also a new $310 bill added.
"They did not realize what we have out here in District 8. I expressed that on the floor last year," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.
Guilfoyle says he didn't vote for this plan last year and that he knew it would stink for the people out in his district.
"People are upset that this is a forced service. They did not have a say-so. I have a problem with it as well. I don't believe the government should force something on a private citizen," Guilfoyle said.
Some say this new fee is garbage, and believe it or not, there could be a way out. There's a business exemption for trailer parks, family apartment units bigger than four and churches.
"There's a second exemption for long driveways. If you live more than 300 feet from the road, you have the option to participate or not," said Environmental Director Mark Johnson.
Johnson says that's still weeks away. He says the contract is signed and everything starts June 1.
Call 311 for more information about your trash service and trash pickup days. There is an exemption for senior citizens and for those with medical problems. A doctor has to certify that you're ill and cannot walk. Click here to view that form.
Here's a list of the current exemptions to solid waste and recyclable collection services:
- 1. Those that reside within the city limits of Hephzibah and Blythe.
- 2. Commercial properties. This includes commercial businesses, apartment complexes with five or more units on one parcel of land, trailer parks with 10 or more units on one parcel of land and churches.
- 3. Homes that sit more than 300 feet from the right-of-way. This is measured from the right-of-way to the home following the shortest distance commonly driven by a motor vehicle.
- Numbers 2 and 3 above are required to provide proof of alternate trash collection services.