Extra workers needed to pick up county's garbage
by James Phillips
Jan 14, 2011 | 2243 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper Sanitation Department spent all day Thursday running routes despite snow and ice on city streets. The Walker County Solid Waste Department also ran garbage routes for the first time this week on Thursday. (Photo by: James Phillips)
The Jasper Sanitation Department spent all day Thursday running routes despite snow and ice on city streets. The Walker County Solid Waste Department also ran garbage routes for the first time this week on Thursday. (Photo by: James Phillips)
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Garbage pickup throughout Walker County resumed Thursday, and the Walker County Solid Waste Department received some much needed help in collecting the trash that had built up after routes were canceled earlier in the week.

Due to snow and ice buildup on Walker County roads, trash collection was canceled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. That forced the Solid Waste Department to run those routes Thursday, which county landfill supervisor Larry Hathcoat was a first.

"Three days in one is kind of unheard of," he said. "It's something we don't normally get to do and don't want to do."

Due to the number of pickups being made Thursday, workers from each of the county's four district shops also helped.

"We had people all over the place," Hathcoat said. "We had people from District 1 working in District 4. Everyone was working together to get the job done. We appreciate the help. It was tremendous in getting everything picked up."

Hathcoat said the ice and snow did cause some issues.

"We had a couple of trucks to slide, but it wasn't anything serious," he said. "There were some roads we couldn't get to. We won't have it all picked up, but we are trying our best."

Hathcoat said normal pickups for Thursday and Friday will be done today. He also said the Solid Waste Department would be open Monday, despite it being a state holiday.

"We are at the point where we just can't shut down for another day," he said. "We will be picking up as normal next week."

Also for next week, Hathcoat said the normal bag limit of 10 bags will be waived.

"If it is out there next week, we'll pick it up," he said.

District 2 Walker County Commissioner Dan Wright said the landfill will be open today and Saturday with no fees. Wright said Saturday will have expanded hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We won't have any limits and we will not be charging any fees for people wanting to dump over the next couple of days," he said. "If someone was missed by the garbage pickup, they can bring it here for free. We are doing everything we can't to help our citizens."

According to department head Jon Geddings, the Jasper Sanitation Department hasn't had the same difficulties as the county.

"We are only behind one day," he said. "Our routes are a lot more compact in the city, so we've been able to pickup since Tuesday. We'll be caught up by the end of the day on Friday."

Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey said the city's Public Works Department has done great work during the winter weather.

"Our street and sanitation folks have been great," he said. "I don't think they could have been any more prepared for this weather. I would just like to commend them for the job they have done."