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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  • by Just wondering... on May 2, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    Just wondering one year later what's the verdict? Has it changed anyone's mind one way or another?
  • by Bubba Location: just painted my shed on May 18, 2010 at 12:45 AM
    While painting my shed GREEN to match the trim on my house (because i'm fresh)...I got to wondering...CAN I PAINT MY 95 GALLON CAN GREEN? or will Arrow Disposal make me buy another one???....and how come some people haven't gotten a trash can yet?
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    OMG get over it already... we have this is raciest to elderly cant lift the trash to the container yet can put them in the car toss them in the dumpsters..
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2010 at 08:51 PM
    Yet more complaints-only 3 days of pickup... what a mean bunch! As a woman getting on up there, I didn't/don't want to put smelly/leaky garbage into the seats of my car & drive with it to someplace that was UNsafe, smelly, dangerous animals/insects, etc & hard to heft smaller garbage bags -much less larger bags-over the side of those boxes by myself. Then have a stinky car for several days that needs to be Febreezed everyday to get the smell out. The cans are easier to roll & much more convenient. Kudos to the supervisors who voted for them. Finally, we are gradually entering the much needed progressive society. Thanks t, you are right... give it a chance & let things progress before the TRUE complaints start happening, as they surely will... these are minor inconveniences...petty complaints. Maybe the trick is to PULL, not PUSH... whatever works best for YOU! Now you have a chance to help someone if you see them struggling instead of a woman wondering who's lurking behind a box.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    Gayland-did you ever see any old ladies dragging their trash to the car(if they can still drive), drive miles to the dump, get out and heave their heavy bag up and throw it into the dumpsters?? If seeing her was so bad, then why didnt you get out and help? How do you even know she was upset about it? She may not have the capability to drive anymore. If that is the case, she was at the mercy of others to haul her trash to the dump. Now she can doesn't have to wait weeks until someone remembers her and hauls her trash away.
  • by iknowmike Location: lauderdale county on May 4, 2010 at 11:26 AM
    I think some of you are missing the point. The people the county didn't know about were not paying. Since Arrow has gone out and delivered cans to those that had been paying many more have complained they didn't get cans. They were getting a free ride in the past. They were added to the list and will pay the $100 in the future or not get a car tag. That's why the county was losing money in the past not all of the people were paying. Some were using and not paying forcing those that paid to pay more. It might be that the fee will be reduced in the future since more people will be paying than had been planned.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    It was very unpleasing to hear Mr. Watkins make the comment "there are more houses in the county than anticipated". Did anyone involved conduct a study? How did we end up accepting a bid from this company? I like the roadside pick up but I am a bit worried about conducting business with a company that has no idea what they are getting into.
  • by t on May 4, 2010 at 09:34 AM
    i live in newton county when i was younger we had to carry our trash to the county barn and put it in a dump truck which was fine except you ended up with alot of trash on your property unless you wanted to go to the county barn everyday then we went to roadside pick up and it has been wonderful nothting is perfect and sometimes we get missed but if you call and let supervisor knw u were skipped they wil come get it moral of story is give it a chance before you start complainining
  • by Chuckles Location: Lauderdale County on May 4, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    Now surely you don't expect our stuporvisors to get us into something that would cost us more in the long run!!
  • by unknown Location: northeast lauderdale county on May 4, 2010 at 07:20 AM
    they should know where they are going before they started out but the county is wasting money if they was going to do it right they ought to do it right do it good
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