Augusta considers once a week, pay-as-you-throw trash service

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email
Trash pickup system in Augusta

Officials say the city could save about $1 million a year by going to one day a week trash pickup. (WRDW-TV / April 12, 2012)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, April 12, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A new trash pickup deal is on the table in Augusta, but some are saying it stinks.

With local dump trucks constantly on the go and fuel prices on the rise, the city is considering once a week trash pickup.

"I think it's a bad idea," said Danny Proctor. "I think it should stay at least two days."

Proctor has a family of seven and already finds himself making several trips to the landfill.

"It wouldn't be enough," he said. "As it is now, our trash is picked up on Monday and picked up on Thursday. Usually by the time Thursday comes around, you've already got an abundance already for the following Monday again."

Proctor 's friend, Marvin Miller, has a different story.

"With just my wife and I," Miller said, "we can make it."

That is why this decision comes down to one thing.

"It's economics," said Solid Waste Director Mark Johnson. "It's economics to the citizens. It's economics to the taxpayers."

Johnson says the city could save about $1 million a year by going to one day a week trash pickup.

"That's not bad, especially when you're not impacting the citizen," he said. "We'll still give you the second cart. We still give you the volume, if you want it."

But it would all be presented under a pay-as-you-throw system.

"So the more service you use, the more it costs," Johnson said. "The less service you use, the less it costs."

Johnson said if they stay with the twice-a-week program, costs will go up.

"That's tied to the fact that they hadn't had price increases in that last couple of years."

Proctor is not opposed to an increase.

"I've always been a firm believer," he said, "you get what you pay for."

The Engineering Services Committee voted in favor of the plan this week. It is not a done deal and now goes to the full commission. They could approve the plan as early as next week.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
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