Editor’s note: Our readers reacted to DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May’s recommendation that the county change the sanitation department’s garbage pickup schedule to save money and reduce workplace accidents. The DeKalb County Commission approved the change on March 10.
County sanitation workers now pick up garbage two days a week and collect recycling and yard trimmings on other days. The new plan [outlined in the Brookhaven and Dunwoody Reporters dated Feb. 20-March 5] calls for collecting garbage, recycling and yard trimmings on the same day and cutting garbage pickups to once a week. Instead of coming to homes four days a week, county garbage collectors would stop by once a week.
As part of the change, the county will provide homeowners new 65-gallon containers, like those shown here, that will allow garbage collection to be automated.
County is too huge!
To the editor:
DeKalb County is a joke and should be ashamed of themselves for again having big city problems and using country resources to solve them.
The county is too huge! It needs to be broken down into four separate counties and bring in effective leadership.
We pay and pay and pay, and yet the answer is always downsize services?!!! Stupidity continues!
– Tracy Waller
Pilot program works
To the editor:
I was in the pilot program and I’m still receiving one-day-a-week pickup. I also participate in the recycling program. It doesn’t get any simpler than placing everything at the curb on the same day (night before pickup).
The best thing about it is keeping those huge trucks off of residential streets (which are already in need of repair/infrastructure).
I can afford the Rolls-Royce level service but I’m not in need of it. After separating recyclables I usually have only 1-2 bags of ‘trash’. Others may not be in a position to pay for RR level service.
If there are certain areas with enough residents that prefer that level of service, then by all means allow them to pay for it for their area only.
– Jackie Nealey
Go to private party pickups
To the editor:
I always wondered why DeKalb was the only county (that I’m aware of anyway) that does trash pickup twice a week and recycling on a totally separate day entirely…this is just stupid.
When I lived in Cobb, there was no county pickup of trash and recycles. You pay an outside company to do it instead. Why not eliminate it all together and go private party instead?
I didn’t have any problems with my once-a-week pickup of trash and recycles both on the same day. If people really need trash pickup twice a week, you may want to rethink how much “trash” you really have. I mean come on…and if you recycle, there’s little to no trash for pickup.
I only leave trash out once a week due to recycling, and it’s only one plastic bag at most. Go to once a week and move on, and do both recycle and trash on the same day. It can’t get any easier than that.
Why do you think DeKalb has to post a schedule for pickup? Because they are picking up items multiple days a week. This is not rocket science but then again, we are dealing with government. LOL!
– Gene Collins