Last Wednesday, Andrew Reinstatler says he took his garbage container to the side of the road like he does every week... but he says when he returned home that night, something was different.
"I noticed that there was no trash can, so I asked my wife, do you know what happened with our trash can? We thought someone stole it," says Reinstatler.
Reinstatler says he called 3-1-1 to find out what happened to his trash can. He says the operator told him it wasn't stolen, but that the trash service took it because it was an older container.
"She said I was probably like the 100th caller," says Reinstatler.
And he's right, there are dozens of people in Augusta who are wondering where their trash can went.
"My first thought was that somebody had come and stolen our trash can," says Drew Landrum.
But the trash cans didn't just disappear, in fact, many of them are sitting at Daniel Field. City officials say they are switching older trash cans out for new ones.
Many people are still waiting on the new trash cans to be delivered, so we went to the Environmental Services Director to find out what's taking so long.
"We had two different contract crews. One that was deploying and one that was removing. Unfortunately, our removal crew got ahead of our delivery crews," says Mark Johnson.
Johnson says that all of the new trash cans should be delivered by Wednesday... but for now, the people who don't have trash cans have to make other arrangements.
"In the meantime, I'm trying to create as little trash as possible," says Landrum.
Reinstatler says he is looking to his neighbors for help until his new trash can is delivered.
"We have actually been taking our trash over and using their trash can because I guess they got the new one or something," says Reinstatler.
If you don't receive a new trash can by Wednesday, please call 3-1-1 to let them know.
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