Holidays make garbage pickup a stressful operation
by James Phillips
Dec 23, 2012 | 2446 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With county and city workers having off days Monday and Tuesday for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, garbage pickup for the upcoming week has become even more difficult.

Larry Hathcoat, the county’s landfill supervisor, said the county’s garbage routes total more than 3,000 miles. Hathcoat expects employees will work from sunrise to sundown Wednesday through Friday to pick up all the county’s garbage.

“It’s going to be a difficult week for us, but we will get it done,” Hathcoat said. “We’re getting some help from other areas, and that is appreciated.”

Workers from some of the county’s district shops will be helping with garbage pickup, and members of the Walker County Commission and Chairman Billy Luster are expected to volunteer their help.

Keith Davis, commissioner for District 1, said the opportunity will provide commissioners with hands-on experience.

“We are willing to do what it takes for things to get done in our county,” he said. “We don’t mind getting our hands dirty, and that’s something we’ll show this week.”

Hathcoat said he is happy to get help from the commission.

“I’ve talked to them all and they plan on being there Wednesday,” he said. “It looks like weather may be a little issue but we’ve got to get it. Weather doesn’t stop garbage.”

The Walker County Landfill will be closed Dec. 24-25, as well as Dec. 31-Jan.1. Hathcoat said the normal Monday and Wednesday routes will run on Wednesday. The normal Tuesday route will run on Thursday. The normal Thursday and Friday routes will run on Friday. Those schedules are good for this week and next week.

Jon Geddings, manager of the Jasper Sanitation Department, said the holiday season also poses issues for garbage pickup in the city.

“It’s not as tough on us because we don’t have such a spread out area, but it does force us to change up our schedule some,” Geddings said.

The city garbage pickup for the next two weeks will have the regular Monday and Tuesday routes being ran on Wednesday, the normal Wednesday route ran on Thursday, and the normal Thursday route ran on Friday.