July 20, 2013

Augusta still struggling with trash collection


Associated Press

— An overhaul of Augusta’s trash collection operation continues to cause frustration across the city.

In June, the city transitioned to once-weekly collection of garbage, yard debris, bulk waste and recycling. The Augusta Chronicle reports  that problems, including thousands of missed pickups, have occurred since.  

In the latest mishap, many residents went days with no garbage receptacle. City officials told the newspaper that an Alabama-based subcontractor picked up old cans too soon, before the city’s environmental department could deliver new ones.

Officials didn’t name the company.

City workers spent much of Friday delivering the new cans.

Commissioner Donnie Smith told the Chronicle that the city hasn’t handled the changes well. The commissioner said he met with one resident who said he hadn’t had garbage service in six weeks.