Roadside Pickup Begins

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Lauderdale County roadside garbage pick up officially began Monday with very little problems reported from Arrow officials.

The majority of homes along Highway 494 near Collinsville had blue cans standing at the end of their driveways Monday morning. Arrow officials say they believe this signifies a successful first curbside pick up day.

As any first day goes, there were small kinks in the system. Truck drivers were still getting used to their routes. Many found that they were lost and had to call their operations manager for guidance. Some residents dealt with being overlooked and now worry they may have placed their cans in the wrong area.

"In order for it to be convenient with my mailbox, I put it on the other side of my driveway," said resident Jack Chance. "So, they didn't pick mine up, and now I'm going to have to get rid of it because I've got some food in here that will spoil if it's put here for too long."

Arrow says all these problems will soon be fixed and they may hire more employees to ensure a smooth operation.

"We have seen that there are more homes out here in the county than originally anticipated," said Joey Watkins, Arrow operations manager. "So therefore, we may have to add more personnel, maybe another route truck, but for right now we're going to go with what we got and everything is working fine."

County residents were able to put one worry to rest, as Arrow employees picked up trash that was not able to fit in their new blue cans.

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