News 12 First at Five / Monday, July 29, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Next week you could start getting an extra trash pickup day depending on where you live in Augusta, but that extra day of service will cost you.
Augusta commissioners continued talks about missed pickups, adding a second hauler and how the fees are charged.
"I don't feel very good about this. I'm a citizen of Richmond County and I pay the same tax everyone else does," said Augusta resident Beaurine Wilkinson.
Wilkinson went a whole month without trash service and has the pictures to prove it.
"I was told they could not pick up anything but my trash and recyclables," Wilkinson said.
"They're not small issues, but I hope we can deal with them," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.
Even though his company was left out of the city contract, Augusta Disposal Owner Bill Polonus tells commissioners trash is his specialty.
"I don't think they can't tell me I can't do it. I think it's free enterprise," he said.
Polonus plans to offer a second day of service. His company is getting tons of calls about missed pickups.
"If your pickup is on Monday with the city, we will be there Thursday. We will come back Thursday to get the garbage. If your pickup is Tuesday, we will come back on Friday," Polonus said.
John Edward Olinzock says some of his neighbors are paying different amounts for trash service. Leaders say they'll correct that with technology, a new system of garbage cans with microchips.
It's all an effort to make sure nobody gets left out. Contact Augusta Disposal Recycling for more information about pricing at (706) 860-2208.