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New Garbage Pickup Program Not Going Smoothly For Some Residents

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Augusta's trash service has gotten a dirty image after last week's inaugural collection. "We apologize to the public for any inconvenience up to this point but we ran into some problems with alleys we didn't realize we're as small as they are and it takes a little time to get into those alleys to service those customers," says Hardee Horne, of Advanced Disposal.

Armed with eleven new compressed natural gas side loader trucks, and six rear loaders, Advanced Disposal is on the front line of the city's garbage collection.  But, Hardee Horne says workers need the public's help to dump the trash problems. He says, "you have to be at least three feet from any object surrounding the can such as a mailbox, a telephone poll, an overhead line. You need to make sure all that's clear."

The proper placement of bins can slow down on collection issues while speeding up the time it takes to pick up trash. "The further you are away from the curb the harder it is for that arm to reach out and grab that can. So, we want the cart to be two feet from the curb. As close to the curb as you can possibly get it," Horne explains.

While placing the bin closer to the curb is best, positioning the handle toward your home from the curb can lead to even better service.  Anyone with a can that is in violation will have a yellow paper containing collections guidelines sticking out of their bin.

With the help of residents, trash collectors anticipate having a handle of the problem quickly.  Horne says, "this week is looking better than last week. Next week, I hope will look better than this week."

Also, you should have the trash bin on the curb by six on the morning of your collection. For more information on the dos and don'ts of garbage can placement, click here.

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