My wife and I knew that this once-a-week pickup for trash, recyclable materials, yard waste and bulk waste would be a joke.
It was normal for one of us to call the nice ladies at Augusta Cares to get problems corrected. Our calls to the Richmond County solid-waste landfill are never answered. The same goes for the haulers who work for our county. They all have voicemail to screen the calls.
The other day was our first scheduled day of the one-day-a-week pickup of all waste. The only thing that was picked up was our recycle bin contents. The household waste bins still lined the streets of Avondale Drive in Montclair subdivision.
I got soaked putting the bins out the night before, because that’s the first thing the county or hauler will ask: Did you have your bin out early? Did you put it out last night or this morning? Both questions look for an excuse for not picking up your waste bin. Well, it was the whole darn block! As far as I could see, it was lined with trash bins!
I reported the hauler to the county last year when I saw workers putting my recycled items into the same truck as my household waste. I go through the trouble to sort and separate recyclable items, then they are tossed into the regular waste truck. Makes sense to me! Saves from sending another truck and paying for fuel and labor. I’d bet they still get paid for picking up both items.
This county needs help!