Curbside vs. Boxes

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

At the Causeyville General Store in Lauderdale County, tradition runs deep. You can have your cheese cut right in front of you. And next door, you can throw out your trash in the county's traditional garbage system...dumpsters.

Newscenter 11 found several people who want to see green or brown boxes, to which people haul their own garbage, stay. But they also want to see more controls on them and a surveillance system installed to discourage violators.

"I see so many people who rebuilt a house and come and dump it all over the place/ You are going to have 10 times the mess, animals getting in garbage everywhere you look," said Charles Williams, a resident of District 5 of going to curbside pickup.

"They have people who come and dump, but shouldn't, so you would like to see them keep them, but regulate them more," said District 5 resident Dannie Lane.

For Brad Clark, the dumpsters are convenient and keep the garbage from sitting in his front yard.

"And with all the dogs, I would have trash all over the place," said Clark, who lives in District 5.

But other residents told Newscenter 11 they are more than happy to see the dumpsters become a thing of the past.

"I like curbside, so I don't have to carry it to a green box," said Leland Butler, a Lauderdale County resident.

"It's more of an eyesore as a green box," said Joseph Hardin. "And people can keep it in their front yard and keep it clean."


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  • by Johnny Location: Lauderdale County on Aug 19, 2009 at 04:35 AM
    One day a week is not going to be enough for curb side pickup. Heck, people with large families may need three times a week. What are we suppose to do with trash we need to get rid of on the off days.
  • by Reggie Location: District 5 on Aug 16, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    Bob, Ray Ray can't read.
  • by Jimmy Location: Lauderdale County on Aug 16, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    We don't need curbside,for the people that live in the county that want it, move to the city.All they gonna do is charge us $100 dollars a month.They did not have money and complaining cause they don't have no money,so how are they gonna pay for running trucks all over the county.We screwed like we do on car tags.Wake up
  • by martha Location: Lauderdale County on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    I find it ironic that Mr. Boswell, who is so vocal about keeping his green boxes, does the poorest job of supervising them. If he's so for them, why doesn't he do his job and see that the areas are kept clean???? And, NO Mr. Boswell, ALL your constituents are NOT for the boxes. Get with it, bubba.
  • by Sabrina on Aug 16, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    I just don't see how this will work. The houses are spread out all over the county.Will the trucks come to each house? How much will we pay? I don't mind taking off my trash, yes there are issues with them but people will continue to dump animals, that's been going on for years. I hate to see them too, but there's some kind people out there that can't stand to see animal's hungry.We should consider other ways to solve this problem.
  • by Bob Location: Lauderdale County on Aug 15, 2009 at 07:48 PM
    Hey - I just read the WTOK-TV's GM's blog! It's at the top of the page under blogs.He has a really good point of view on the dumpster vs curbside pickup story! Wonder if anybody printed it off for Mr. Boswell to read?
  • by Anonymous Location: West Lauderdale on Aug 15, 2009 at 06:09 PM
    Curbside pickup is the right thing to do. The dogs will not present a problem because the garbage will be in large plastice containers with a lid. Also, you would only put it out in the morning of the pickup date. It would not need to be out overnight. Curbside pickup would solve a lot of the supervisors problems and I think the best option. Even with curbside pickup, you would still need to retain the big brown containers that are in place now for all the other stuff.
  • by Robyn Farquhar Location: southeast lauderdale on Aug 15, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    If citizens would use the boxes in the way they were intended they would be ok, but every area that I have ever seen has been abused in a number of ways. I have 3 cats and 2 dogs at my home that were picked up from the dumpster on 19 South. Lauderdale County has a county pound that accepts animals with no fee and it infuriates me that people think a dumpster is an appropriate place to leave a pet. If the dumpsters were removed maybe people would be more inclined to take their unwanted pets to animal control or EMAR. Also the construction trash has caused me a couple of flat tires I'm sure. We pay $100 dollars to take trash to these nasty sites that I won't visit after dark. Maybe we could have that money included in a monthly fee on the water bill and then I would feel we were receiving proper sanitation services!
  • by Tim Location: District 5 on Aug 15, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    Mr. Boswell seems to be the only supervisor oppossed to removing the green box system. He claims that the people of "his" district want to keep them but I have found that is incorrect.The green (brown) boxes are an outdated system,nasty,misused, and an eyesore. I have seen constuction material, furniture items, dead animals, etc... The people from Alabama, other counties and the city residents use them as much as those in the county.If the cost of the "illegal" dumping was factored in we would find that it would be over 1/3 of the expense. If the supervisors want to keep the boxes, each site should be manned & gated with designated dump times, the savings from illegal dumping would offset the expense of having a restricted dump site. While curbside may not be cheapest, it is the safest and most efficient.I know some of the store owners might have to pay a commericial rate, that is good. If we aren't going to allow schools to use the boxes, then other businesses should not be allowed.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale on Aug 15, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    Curbside pickup is a good thing and it will stop the "dumpster divers" and it will eliminate a place for strays to keep breeding.
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