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.