Houston approves garbage pickup changes

wcrenshaw@macon.comApril 2, 2013 

PERRY -- Hundreds of Houston County residents will soon get a flier informing them that their garbage pickup day is changing.

The Houston County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a request to shift pickup days in some areas. Advanced Disposal, which has the contract to do the pickup in unincorporated Houston County, asked for the changes to balance out the number of pickups each day.

Jeanne Moyer, operations manager for Advanced Disposal, said 1,146 customers will get a different pickup day under the new plan, which will go into effect starting April 22.

In the two weeks prior to that, each resident impacted by the change will get a notice. The company also is allowing a grace period for residents to adjust. If residents forget to put out their garbage can on the new day, the company will return and pick it up, she said.

She said the change is needed due to parts of the county growing much faster than others, particularly the Bonaire and Kathleen areas. That has led to extra trucks having to be used for pickups in those areas.

While the change did not require the commissioners’ approval, Chairman Tommy Stalnaker asked for a vote as a show of support for the plan.

“I think what they are doing here will be beneficial to Houston County,” said Commissioner Tom McMichael. “We can keep the cost down, and this really levels out the playing field on the pickup days.”

Moyer said among the largest areas slated for a change are U.S. 41 from Ga. 96 to Perry, which will change to Friday pickup, and Royal Oaks subdivision off Sandefur Road, which will change to Tuesdays.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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