Thursday, July 20, 2017
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Something smells over at the Augusta landfill and it's not just the garbage. A lawn care business caught on camera dumping its trash into a county dump truck.
The dump trucks fall under the Environmental Services Department. the head of that department resigned just a few weeks ago.
Mark Johnson resigned last month after pictures emerged showing county equipment he was responsible for was being used in another county on a private job.
Now, this new video comes out after a citizen saw something, he said, that just didn't look right.
"I didn't know you could back right up to a trash truck with your personal vehicle and dump all your belongings in it but I reckon in if you work for the city." John Boatright said those words as he hit record on his cell phone.
"I look outside and I see a landscaping truck backed up to the trash truck." He watched and recorded as the worker in the private landscaping truck, along with the driver of the dump truck, threw load after a load of yard waste from the trailer into the dump truck for the county.
"A whole trailer full of sh** putting in the back of the d*** trash truck. I reckon he don't have to pay no fees," Boatright said aloud in his cell phone video.
Liz Owens: "What was going through your mind?"
John Boatright: "That they was robbing me blind because I pay my taxes on time, every time."
Augusta Richmond County pays a contractor for the county's trash service. Inland Service Corporation has held the contract the last five years.
The contract clearly states, "The contractor shall maintain a dedicated fleet solely for the use to provide Augusta, Georgia collection services."
On Your Side showed Boatright's video to the interim Environmental Services Director. She told Liz Owens: "This is 100% not allowed. A huge issue. This shows an even more serious issue because it appears the two men know each other."
The owner of Inland wouldn't talk to on camera but said the truck belongs to a subcontractor. According to Inland's contract with the city, he is responsible for his subcontractors.
"Real angry because I have to pay for all my trash They robbing the city. They straight out robbing them," Boatright said.
The city is now investigating. The Marshal's Office told Liz Owens they would look into it as well.
The owner of Inland did not seem too concerned. He said this happens a lot and will wait until the city finishes its investigation before making any decisions.