Thursday, April 15, 2010
Some residents want additional garbage pickup
By ANDRE LOCKETT
Holly Springs residents have only one opportunity each week to have their garbage cart emptied but some wish the trash pickup were twice a week.
Waste Connections Inc, a solid waste collection, disposal and recycling company that serves over one million industrial, residential and commercial customers in over 23 states, is responsible for the city’s waste management needs.
“Sometimes we accumulate a great deal of trash after our weekly pickup and it gets bothersome at times,” said resident Anne Mae Thornton. “It would be nice to get our trash picked up twice a week.”
Tracy King, Waste Connections division office manager, said if twice a week pick-up is something residents would like, then they have to contact their local public officials.
However, it is not likely the city can implement a twice weekly pickup anytime soon.
Holly Springs Zoning Administrator Felicia Autry said Waste Connections provides service to over 2,000 residential homes and over 300 commercial facilities in the city.
According to Autry, the company charges the city $10.68 per residential and commercial cart, and with a little over 2,400 carts being picked up per week, adding more pickup days could be very costly.
King, whose company has been in business with the city since 2000, added the price for industrial bins varies depending on size and weight capacity. Prices for rental bins can run from $300 for the smaller ones and well over $500 for the larger bins.
King said one truck runs through Holly Springs daily to serve the community with each neighborhood getting its due service as scheduled by the day of the week. This same rule applies to commercial facilities with one truck picking up their trash once a week as well.
Edward Turner, another resident, thinks there’s more attention to commercial customers than residential.
“I feel like sometimes we get put on the back burner for trash pickup and these larger companies get theirs picked up first,” he said.
Editor’s Note: Contributing writer Andre Lockett is a graduating senior print journalism major at Rust College, and editor of the campus newspaper, The Rustorian.
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