Supervisors Considering Curbside Garbage Pickup

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

They are stinky, messy and hard to keep clean. Now, Lauderdale County could be in the early steps of getting rid of the dumpsters all together.

"We are the only county that uses the old 'green box' system and it is just time we move up," said county engineer Neal Carson.

The sanitation committee, which includes Carson and supervisors Hank Florey and Craig Hitt, has proposed that the county begin advertising for bids from different contractors to operate curb side service.

This is a big step for the county which has debated this issue for decades, and held two public, but non-binding votes on the issue. Both times, the majority of voters wanted to continue using the dumpsters.

Supervisor Ray Boswell said he believes his constituents in District 5 still don't want change.

"I tell you what, I'm not for it," said Boswell at a board work session Thursday. "I'm not supporting it because the people of my district will not support it."

But Carson said even those residents who want the green or brown boxes typically don't want a site located next to their house. And now the county is basically running out of locations.

As for the cost of curbside, Carson said he believes there won't be a big difference in what residents are paying now.

"We have looked at what other counties are paying. We believe we should be able to get our system up and running for the same amount of money that we are billing our residents in the county today," Carson said.

The committee has asked that the board vote on advertising for bids on once a week curbside service during Monday's board meeting, but a vote could come at a later date.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Bailey on Aug 20, 2009 at 02:48 PM
    I live in Craig Hitt's district. I am not sure about my neighbors (I'm not in a subdivision)but, as a single woman without a truck, I am for curbside pick up. Kemper county has had it for awhile and in driving through rural areas there, I see no problem. Dumpter areas are not safe especially if one works because in the winter it is dark. Twice a week would be nice but I would settle for once a week and hope that residents would be provided with one of those heavy duty cans on wheels that can be pulled out of site once garbage is picked up.
  • by MAYBE? Location: LAUDERDALE CO. on Aug 15, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    I VOTED AGAINST CURBSIDE PICKUP BEFORE. BUT I MIGHT VOTE FOR IT, ONLY IF: 1)THE COST WOULD BE THE SAME, OR LESS:2)THEY WOULD PICK UP TWICE A WEEK; AND 3)IF ANIMAL CONTROL WOULD ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE STRAY ANIMALS IN THE COUNTY! I THINK THAT'S THE BIGGEST PROBLEM! AS SOMEONE ELSE POINTED OUT, WE'RE PAYING FOR THE SERVICE, JUST LIKE PEOPLE IN TOWN ARE! WE COULD PROBABLY SET UP SOMETHING THAT WOULD KEEP GARBAGE CANS OUT OF THE ROAD; I'VE SEEN SOME BOXES THAT PEOPLE PUT THEIR CANS IN IN OTHER COUNTIES, AND IT LOOKS PRETTY NEAT. SO, IF ALL THESE CAN BE IMPLEMENTED, THEN I MIGHT BE PERSUADED TO CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT CURBSIDE PICKUP.
  • by Phil Location: Whynot on Aug 14, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    So let me get this straight all the rest of MS counties are trash littered, rodent over-run dens of nastiness! That is the consensus I get for being against curbside. Folks you need to leave Lauderdale county at some point and see the rest of the beautiful state. It is not trashy and nasty and they have curbside service. If the green box system is so great then why are the only county still using it? We know Ray is old school system guy but he does not speak for most folks who use their own brains.
  • by Billy Location: Collinsville on Aug 14, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    It is about time to go to curb side pickup. The boxes has been just as much for people that live in other counties and leave the bill to Lauderdale Residents. The boxes also is a health hazerd, smell,dead animals piched in ,garbage thrown everywhere except in the boxes. I could keep on going but i beleive you get the message. Thanks.
  • by Concered Resident Location: moving to dist 5 on Aug 14, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    I'm moving to Lauderdale Co.(to be near my work) from a neighboring Co. We have had curbside for years and it works. People who talk about dogs in their yard after thrash they should see all the dogs and cats around the boxes. They also need to see the kind of people who are there digging in the boxes and throwing thrash out on the ground. If you are against curbside consider having a box put close to your house and see how you like the smell, dogs & cats, strangers digging in the thrash. At least you can control these problems on your own propery with your thrash. Thank you for letting me comment.
  • by old timer Location: Bailey on Aug 14, 2009 at 04:23 PM
    If this ole mind is functioning right seems like when I moved to this area in 1984 we had curbside pickup since Ole Ray is against it and whatever supv wants to join him in voting nay (better not be mine) let them keep the dumpsters and rest get curbside. Win win dist 5 gets more dumpsters rest get curbside sounds fair to me
  • by S Location: MS on Aug 14, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    What alot of people don't realize, is that curb side pick up will become a saftey issue. Winding roads with little to no forward visibility will make spotting a parked garbage truck impossible, therefore creating possible accidents. Save yourself the trouble and keep the designated dumpster sites.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale on Aug 14, 2009 at 02:37 PM
    Curbside pickup will address a lot of ongoing problems that the county residents with strays. Once a week pickup is not sufficient, we need at least twice a week service and some type of provision for the holiday seasons.
  • by Theresa Location: District 1 on Aug 14, 2009 at 02:25 PM
    I moved to Lauderdale County from New Orleans nearly 30 yrs ago. I laughed when I learned that there was no curbside garbage pickup. What I soon learned was how convenient it was to dump garbage as needed in sites that were on the way into town. Of course, some supervisors have moved sites to more inconvenient even dangerous sites in the past few years. With curbside pickup comes more problems: dodging empty trash cans left on the road blowing in the way of traffic on windy days (if you drive N. Hills St. on garbage day you know how dangerous this can be), people will drive out to country roads and just dump anywhere, smelly garbage in your yards and in your streets instead of at dumpster locations, speeding garbage trucks on county roads some not even paved, traffic delaying your drive to work or school, and count on the cost to go up it's a given, once a week is not enough. I once heard Mr. Boswell suggest a few monitored locations for dumping as an alternative. That might work.
  • by Tootsie Location: Laud., Dist 5 on Aug 14, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    I am a registered, tax-paying voter in Lauderdale County's infamous "District 5". I would LOVE to have curb-side service! I'm tired of other people's trash landing on my property as it blows off their truck on the way to the green boxes! I doubt Mr. Boswell will see these posts -I'm not sure if someone that is bitterly against most everything positive and future oriented would know how to use this new-fangled technology! It is time for District 5 to find someone new to represent us! Curb-side pickup works in Alabama! Come on - if they can get big trucks thru dirt roads there, surely the trucks can get through the dirt roads HERE in Mississippi! Mr.B, your constituents are a slowly fading group! Wake up!
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