Some Richmond County residents are now on a week and counting without a place to put their trash. After garbage pick-up last Wednesday, some residents woke up to find their trash cans were missing. The city said it was part of the process of replacing older containers with newer ones.
City officials told us that everyone would receive their new trash can on Wednesday, but there are still several people who don't have one, yet. And, with the summer heat kicking in, they are concerned that not having a garbage container is going to create a stinky mess.
"We do recycle, so we don't really have that much garbage. So, I think the one day a week pick-up is a good idea," says Heather Warren, of Augusta.
Warren says she didn't have a problem with the changes to Augusta's trash service until last week. "A few guys just kind of showed up and took our trash can," she says.
Warren wasn't the only person in Augusta who discovered their trash can was missing last week. City officials say thousands of old trash cans were removed from properties. However, the crew that was supposed to replace the containers wasn't ready to do so, yet, so there are still dozens of new trash cans sitting at Daniel Field until a crew delivers them.
"I had heard that they were doing changes with the trash service, so I called 3-1-1 right away to make sure a few guys didn't steal my trash can. And, they said that we would be getting a new one soon," says Warren.
But, she says she has been waiting a week for a new trash can.
"I mean, we can't keep the trash in the house, so we have trash outside, which means, it's getting rained on. We have stray cats in our neighborhood. We have raccoons that live in our back yard. It's not acceptable," she says.
So, Warren's trash is sitting next to her recycling container for the time being. She says a 3-1-1 operator told her she could put her garbage bags on the side of the road for pickup. She says the operator also told her a new trash should arrive on Friday.
"I just want a trash can to put my trash in. I feel like that is a pretty basic thing to have in your home," says Warren.
We called the director of Augusta-Richmond County Environmental Services, Mark Johnson, but he hasn't returned our call yet. When we spoke with him on Tuesday, he said, if you are still missing a trash can, you should call 3-1-1 to start a work order.
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