If you live in unincorporated DeKalb County or a DeKalb city where the County takes care of trash pickup for you, you have long been blessed with twice weekly trash pickup. However, that may all soon change.
County CEO Lee May is proposing scaling back pick up to once a week. The proposal comes after a three-month pilot program with 28,000 residents from the cities of Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody and Lithonia and unincorporated DeKalb, according to Crossroads News.
A note today from Commissioner Kathie Gannon announcing a meeting next Monday, February 9th at 6:30p at Scott-Candler Library to discuss the proposed changes, explains the reason for “One-day-a-week waste collection” this way – “Currently, garbage is collected twice a week for DeKalb County residents. On the first collection day, Sanitation picks up more than 66 percent of countywide garbage. This leaves a much lighter second-day collection.”
Additionally, the sanitary service rate sounds like it will remain flat. The note states that “Residential customers will not experience a rate increase.” It includes these other proposed changes to the DeKalb trash pick up services…
- Standardized containers. The standardized use of 65-gallon green county-provided trash containers will ensure neighborhoods are cleaner and neater with the reduction of loose trash.
- Consolidated collection. With consolidated collection, all waste (solid waste, recycling, and yard trimmings) will be collected on the same day.
- Additional benefits to county residents. The program will include a renewed focus on recycling education for county residents and additional roadside litter collection by Sanitation employees.
The note states that the proposal is “set to be heard for a vote at an upcoming Board of Commissioners meeting.”
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