Government

More News | | | Editor

Pardon Our Mess: Garbage collection

  • Follow Government

WHERE: Richmond Hill Road

Back | Next
An Augusta crew empties a garbage can Aug. 5 on Richmond Hill Road. Despite residents' complaints, lids are left open, while workers ignored the nearby city can lying in a ditch Sept. 5 in Augusta.  SUSAN MCCORD/STAFF
SUSAN MCCORD/STAFF
An Augusta crew empties a garbage can Aug. 5 on Richmond Hill Road. Despite residents' complaints, lids are left open, while workers ignored the nearby city can lying in a ditch Sept. 5 in Augusta.

WHAT: An Inland Services Corp. garbage hauler servicing Richmond Hill Road for Augusta Solid Waste got off the truck twice but made no effort to retrieve or empty a nearby overturned city garbage can or to close lids left open by the truck’s hydraulic lift.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta Environmental Services

ACTION PROMISED: “Based on that video, I would want him to close the lid,” said Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson. “If he didn’t get out of the truck, I wouldn’t have that expectation.” As for the toppled can, Johnson said: “I would have expected (the driver) to have identified it as a problem. You could argue that the citizen didn’t put it out properly for collection. We’ve got a contract person who’s out evaluating citizen concerns, and we’re trying to rectify them.”

Comments (6) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Little Lamb
45908
Points
Little Lamb 09/16/13 - 09:20 am
2
0
Open/Closed

It's a no-win situation on the open or closed lids. Frankly, I as a user don't care whether the lid is left open or closed. If the sun is shining, I like for the UV light to get into the can (lid open) to do a little sanitizing of the plastic surface.

If it is raining, the water building up in the bottom provides a little cleaning action of the lower portion of the can. It only takes a couple of seconds to pour the water out when you go to retrieve the can.

You have to give the employee one-half of an atta-boy for getting out of the truck to pick up the single piece of litter that fell from the dumping operation.

Darby
25608
Points
Darby 09/16/13 - 12:02 pm
2
0
At my home, the truck rolled forward slightly

as the mechanical arm emptied my can.

Then the arm lowered the large can directly on top of a brand-new, $20 leaf can I had just purchased from Lowes, crushing it. Both cans were left on their sides in the street.

I can still use the leaf can, but it's life span has been seriously reduced considering the crease that now runs down both sides and across the rim.

Things were SO MUCH better with the old system.

Little Lamb
45908
Points
Little Lamb 09/16/13 - 04:48 pm
2
0
Harsh

Man, I'm sorry about your story, Darby. I can just picture it in my mind. Interesting how in the video the shotgun rider in the collection truck jumps out of the truck to pick up one piece of litter that the arm dropped; whereas in your situation, they did not get out and inform you that they had damaged your leaf can. Different calibers of people. It occurs everywhere.

Darby
25608
Points
Darby 09/17/13 - 01:09 am
2
0
Call me cynical, but I'm thinking the guy saw

the videographer and reacted accordingly.

Am I jaded or what?

seenitB4
87113
Points
seenitB4 09/18/13 - 04:41 pm
1
0
hah

Yalll should see the cartoon that noc sent me...garbage cans reproducing...fuuuunnnieee!

nocnoc
42516
Points
nocnoc 10/12/13 - 01:55 pm
0
0
SIB4 here is a better one

How to improve "GREEN" and use less fuel to handle trash.

Note: The truck is full. There is no room for more trash. But the driver must finish the route, before dumping it.

Here is the results of being GREEN.

http://i.imgur.com/MDEjtPP.gif

Back to Top

Search Augusta jobs