Should the county do away with its recycling pickup once a month and return to the way it used to be? This is a request of Randy Epley, an attorney and citizen of Russellville who is unhappy with trading in a trash pickup week for recycling.
Epley attended the Tuesday, Jan. 12th meeting of the fiscal court asking that the contract between Scott Waste and the county and four cities be amended as soon as possible to return to weekly garbage pickup. Epley claims by forgoing one week a month to pick up recycling, many citizens are being left with a lot of garbage and no where to put it.
“Regular garbage pickup is a need, not a want. I need my garbage picked up on a regular basis,” said Epley who is a proponent and an advocate of recycling, but says it’s not working the way it is currently set up.
The county and four cities entered into an interlocal agreement to contract with Scott Waste Services a few years ago. Part of the contract included implementing a curbside co-mingling recycling program. The program calls for garbage pickup three times per month, with recycling one week per month in lieu of garbage. A pilot program in the Sixth District showed a great deal of interest before becoming countywide.
“I understand when recycling was proposed there was a pilot program. Recycle receptacles were placed with various members of the community, and there was a consensus among those who participated that it would be good for the community. I also understand that no one in the city of Russellville was a participant in this pilot program. The needs of those in the city with respect to garbage pickup are different than those in the county,” said Epley.
Epley claims he and many others are experiencing overages in garbage due to the missed week when recycling is picked up. He also claims his garbage is not always picked up on the scheduled day it is supposed to be, which causes and even bigger problem.
Magistrate Thomas Bouldin asked Pete Reckard of Scott Waste – who was at Tuesday’s meeting – why Epley was having difficulties with his pickup? Reckard admitted there were problems from time to time with trucks breaking down, but assured it wasn’t a volume problem.
“Unfortunately, it does happen, but if we miss a pickup, we usually come the next day,” said Reckard.
According to Epley, he has seen the receptacles overflowing on the streets in Russellville when awaiting to be picked up. He knows this is not just a problem he is having, but many others.
“Garbage pickup is one of the fundamental functions of government, along with building and maintaining the county’s infrastructure such as the maintenance of our roads and insuring the safety of our citizens through funding our various police departments,” said Epley. “I request the return to regular garbage pickup because it is in the best interest of our community.”
Reckard told the court members it was up to them how they wanted the contract to read, and said he would be more than willing to come and sit down with them and go over some options for the recycling program.
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