Let’s Talk Trash: Increase Fee or Reduce Pickup?

Two more sanitation service public meetings set for this week.

The DeKalb County Department of Sanitation continues to hold public meetings to discuss the future of garbage pickup in the county.

Residents are invited to share their concerns about potential changes to garbage collection at the upcoming meetings listed below:

Monday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Cedar Grove High School

2360 River Road
Ellenwood, GA 30294

Saturday, Feb. 2 at 9 a.m.
DeKalb Legislative Community Cabinet Meeting
Chapel Hill Middle School

3535 Dogwood Farm Road
Decatur, GA 30034

The issues before the public are whether DeKalb County should reduce the current garbage collection schedule to one day per week or maintain the current collection schedule of twice per week. If DeKalb County maintains its current schedule of twice per week, the sanitation fee would increase from $265.00 to $305.00 per year. The fee is included on property owners’ annual property tax bill; however, it is not a part of the tax funds budget.

DeKalb County has not increased the sanitation fees since 2006. The fee adjustment would cover the increase in fuel costs and operating expenses for sanitation trucks. Expenses are expected to outpace revenues in 2013, thus necessitating a decision on whether to pick up fewer times or charge more for the service. 

The CEO and the Board of Commissioners will receive the results of public input in February. For more information, visit here or call 404-371-3689.

From a press release by DeKalb County Government

The Scarlet Pimpernel January 28, 2013 at 04:16 PM
once a week is good for me, i recycle...
Kathy Wiegand January 28, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Ditto The Dude. This is the only place I've lived where trash pickup was more than once a week.
Joy February 26, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Ditto the Dude and Kathy. Twice a week is great but not necessary. If you can't maintain the overflow for once a week pick up, get another trash can! And SPEAKING OF SANITATION dear Tucker friends, I have been on a personal quest to reduce the amount of litter in my own little neighborhood. I'm a "walker"-- you wouldn't BELIEVE how much crap, trash, debris, and dangerous junk lines the sidewalks of some decent residential areas. It gags me. Does anybody take responsibility for their own "frontage" any more? Would it kill you to pick up that (bottle, can, bag) when you go out to check the mail? A beer bottle tossed Saturday becomes broken glass in the street on Sunday and maybe a flat tire on Monday. Yea, it's dirty-- so wash your hands after you pick it up. My personal RANT/RAVE took me to the Dekalb County Dept of Sanitation where the response to my complaint was noted and customer service quite good via Sanitation Division at 404-294-2900 (or for poorly-kept businesses call 404-687-9-3700. Last but not least: REGULAR RECYCLING would cut down on the AMOUNT of trash and make weekly pick-up more manageable. RECYCLING is important but on my street of mature, intelligent, friendly residents, ALMOST NOBODY uses Dekalb Recycling program. Please help. THANKS!- JJ


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