Some Addresses Missed in Roadside Garbage Pickup

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The primary complaint that Lauderdale County has had from residents during the first week of roadside garbage pickup is locations that have been missed.

It's understandable that residents expect their garbage to be collected on the day they were told it would be.

And for the most part, people are packing up the trash and wheeling it to the street as requested. But still Arrow Disposal is working out the kinks.

"I'm glad to say that this week is going a lot smoother than last week," said county engineer Neal Carson. "Certainly, last week we had some misses, missed roads, and had to go back on the next day and pick those up."

In fact, this past Saturday crews were sent out to work an extra day to get old garbage out of the yards of eager customers who were missed.

While supervisors were looking into making the garbage switch, they talked to other counties about what they experienced during the changeover. All of those supervisors told Lauderdale County to expect difficulties during the first few weeks. That's why Carson says he knows things will get better.

"Everything that they told us is happening here, pretty much exactly what they told us, and we certainly expected it, It's happening but we are working them out," Carson said.

The main issue Arrow is dealing with right now is making sure all customers have their 95-gallon containers. There are people who don't have theirs yet, but Carson says a truck load is expected Wednesday and should be delivered to households within the week.

As for the old dump sites that are now closed, Carson has progress report.

"I want to commend people for not dumping their garbage there," said Carson. "They have abided by the sign. We have cleaned them up, and best I can tell, they have remained clean over the weekend and I am very happy about it."

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  • by C.R. Location: Clarkdale Community on May 29, 2010 at 08:37 PM
    So, here is a legitimate complaint...... What the ____ are we suppose to do if someone steals our county provided trash can. This happened to me and my neighbor on the same day. I'm sure some kids were having fun, however it is causing me a great inconvinence seeing that I have no where to put my garbage. As well as having to pay for another trash can. Any info on this senseless act please post. Please air on news to help make everyone aware of this problem. Thanks
  • by rosey the red Location: psy 101 on May 15, 2010 at 12:50 AM
    ...hummm seems like you would just like to put your garbage in anyone's yard, Left out. You wouldn't be one of the ones whose garbage had been strewn up & down the hwys back & forth to the dumpsters? hum... How 'bout being out there Monday am & greeting the workers with your garbage bags. Explain to them your dilemma. Apparently complaining here is only making you angrier. Methinks it's an attitude problem.
  • by Left out Location: Collinsville on May 14, 2010 at 04:33 PM
    'Anonymous', how bout I bring my garbage to your house since I don't have a container. It's beginning to smell prety ripe now. btw, it's not a threat, just asking what am I to do, calls to Lauderdale County and Arrow (ADS) have done nothing. "calls" now equals 5, 3 to Lauderdale county and 2 to Arrow.
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    Thank you James for such an observant COMMENT. No wonder the rest of the US thinks of MS as backwards & last. This is proving them right. Way-to-go Guy. Thank you JohnnyWalker for the information. Hope it will be useful for someone in the future. I agree with hope this helps. I'm just so tired of MS being considered last when it cannot move forward with thinking like this. And, Left out, if you get caught throwing your trash in Craig Hitt's yard, then YOU will go to jail or be fined. I don't you are speaking for the rest of us. You are definitely NOT speaking for ME. Your comment is trailing on the verge of a threat.
  • by JohnnyWalker Location: South on May 12, 2010 at 02:57 PM
    I have not had any problems with Arrow after two weeks. I did run into a problem a day or two ago. I was cleaning out my storage room and had a truck load of random garbage that would not fit in the container. I went to my county barn where I thought we were supposed to be able to dump this type of thing and found locked gates and more no dumping signs. So I was stuck. I went to Waste Management. Their sign read 36.00 per ton of garbage so I thought great, I won’t have near a ton. LOL. I got to the window and the lady told me it would be 25.00 for me to unload what I had. I paid it because I had no choice. I unloaded a whopping 260lbs of junk or 0.13 tons which would have equated to $4.68 (if my math is right) had I been paying by the ton. Still unsure why I had to pay a different amount but I did not complain because they are a private business. Just FYI.
  • by Guy South of I-20 on May 12, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    As for Arrow not going on private roads, it could be that their insurance may not allow them to do so. They may only afford them coverage on public roads. Also, stop with the complaining. I'm still in disbelief that, in 2010, people want to pay to haul their own trash to a dumpster that smells and is a health hazard. Come on... last time I looked, Lauderdale County had a net loss of 2% of their population from 2000 based on estimates I've seen. The mentalities of its residents may play a part of it. If you're content being hicks, that's your right and your problem. However, don't expect us civilized people to think very highly of you.
  • by Hal on May 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM
    I have had very good garbage pickup in the city of Meridian for the past 30 years or so. A few times my garbage has been missed on a street that it looked like everyone else's was picked up. I was a little irritated but not angry. It wasn't missed on purpose. Give the drivers who are learning these routes a break, why don't you? Do you think they purposely bypassed you? Good grief.
  • by James Location: Meridian, MS on May 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM
    I just moved here. I am completely shocked! I can't believe this is news. Everywhere in the state people have their trash picked up. It is like Lauderdale county has been living in the 1960's. Folks, what is the next news story "County decides to provide running water".
  • by hope this helps Location: all around the county on May 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    I'm sure some have legitimate complaints, but I have yet heard any. Most of these are simple, petty complaints. Sounds like what children in preschool would complain about. You're right michael, this subject has been reduced to the COMPLAINT instead COMMENT section in which almost everyone posts a complaint instead of what could make things better, or how they adapted, or some tips to help someone else. And, since ARROW is just getting started, this might be the time to get to know your route person - make them feel at ease - & ask what you could do to make the transition to make things better. Learn what time they pickup & see if there is a "lil ole lady" in the neighborhood who might need your help. The route person will be at the position to best see things like this. They could be helpful back to you. Use the situation to your advantage to help people. You may never know how/when/where you can & you don't know what's going on in the other person's life right then.
  • by michael on May 12, 2010 at 05:54 AM
    Yesterday was my second day of curb service. No problems. Noone in our subdivision has had a single problem. No animals have turned over trash, noone has been missed, and we are all very pleased with the service. I believe some people would complain about a free car. It would be the wrong color, they didn't want power windows and locks, already had enough cars... You get the picture.
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