Christmas is eve to year's trashiest day

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AIKEN --- Christmas might be the biggest holiday of the year, but the day after is the trashiest.

The day after wrapping paper is ripped away and boxes torn in to, garbage haulers work double time to take away the holiday aftermath -- so much so that local officials plan ahead on how to deal with the everything tossed into trash bins.

"This is the busiest trash day of the year," Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian said Wednesday.

The county often has to pull in employees from other departments to help its solid-waste workers empty the big bins, which had to be emptied the weekend before Christmas just to accommodate the garbage sure to be tossed in after presents were opened.

"It's a struggle," Mr. Killian said.

The county has just eight garbage trucks, but they probably will have to hit each container more than once Wednesday -- especially because Monday and Tuesday were county holidays, when no garbage was picked up.

Some of the busier trash bin locations might even have an extra box for trash to go into, Mr. Killian said.

Aiken didn't have that problem, although the after-Christmas garbage pickup typically yields four to five more tons of trash than normal, said Bill Martin, of the city's public works department.

"It will be heavy today and the rest of the week," Mr. Martin said Wednesday. "And then next week, it will lighten up a bit. Still be a little heavy because you still got people going to have late Christmas and just put stuff out."

Mr. Killian has decided to wait a few days before emptying his trash -- and only after picking out items that can be recycled.

He said he hoped other residents also chose to recycle what could be reused.

"We'll probably have some sites overflowing today," he said Wednesday.

Staff writer Michelle Guffey

contributed to this article.

Reach Sandi Martin at (803) 648-1395, ext. 111, or sandi.martin@augustachronicle.com.

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govtreprri
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govtreprri 12/27/07 - 02:02 pm
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Didn't we just recently

Didn't we just recently increase costs for collectors to take away our trash. It sounds to be like a "sob story" because collectors have to work extra hard to complete their compensated jobs.

DontTazeMeBro
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DontTazeMeBro 12/27/07 - 04:20 pm
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what a bunch of garbage

what a bunch of garbage

r0b3899
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r0b3899 12/27/07 - 04:22 pm
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Pick any large black or white

Pick any large black or white church; no pat downs, metal detectors or extra security. Nightclubs bring out darker element s that lend to the expectation and acceptance of violence. However, it is unusual to see the same level of security in "white" nightclubs as in "black" nightclubs. Why? 700 people are 700 people regardless of color. Right? Sorry, but no. You can see many of the same black cops working both types of clubs. Ask them and they will tell you the likelihood for violence is the same but the degree in what occurs is higher in the black clubs. Perhaps the cultural praise for being "hard", the racial divide the media helps to perpetuate, the higher percentage of homes without fathers, Augusta's poor educational system not elevating our children's hopes for more and better are reasons for this. Let's face it, the bad that are black in Augusta are empowered by their peers, their personally selected pop culture and their Icons and most likely feel pressured to be that way once the violent snowball starts rolling. Don't get me wrong Augusta is 50% black and they are mostly positve influences yet ignored as role models. Clubs don't need more security if they are in them

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mastersmoney 12/28/07 - 11:40 pm
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Wow, I wonder how much

Wow, I wonder how much research went into finding out that there is more trash the day after Christmas than any other day. Whodathunkit? Did we really need an article to tell us that?

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