DeKalb CEO promoting plan to cut back garbage service

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 19, 2015
DeKalb County CEO Lee May. Photo provided by Reporter Newspapers.

DeKalb County CEO Lee May. Photo provided by Reporter Newspapers.

County trash pickup could be reduced from two days a week to one day a week if a plan to cut costs is approved by the DeKalb County Commission.

Interim CEO Lee May has been touring the county this month and discussing the plan with residents. He held meetings in Dunwoody Feb. 5 and Brookhaven on Feb. 17. May plans to host a town hall in Avondale Estates on March 5.

In addition to cutting back the number of days, garbage collectors would also pick up yard waste and recycling on the same day. That means residents will only see garbage trucks one time each week instead of four.

“In DeKalb County, we have been delivering a Rolls-Royce level of service, but you all have been paying a Ford Focus rate,” May told about 40 people at Brookhaven City Hall, according to Reporter Newspapers.

County residents pay roughly $265 annually for trash collection services. The fee won’t change if the county cuts back services, May said. He added that fees haven’t gone up in nine years.

May had reservations, however.

“For me, it was a tough decision,” he said. “My staff will tell you, I was beyond nervous. I was scared to recommend this.”

The plan, if approved, would take about three months to implement. As part of the plan, the county would give residents new 65-gallon trash cans.

This story was provided courtesy of Reporter Newspapers.

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