Sanford Hopes Garbage Drive Smells Of Success
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Sanford Hopes Garbage Drive Smells Of Success
December 1, 1991By tiffany’s Sharon Mcbreen And Mike Berry of The Sentinel Staff
SANFORD Poetry, garbage trivia and graphics are all part of Seminole County’s intensive campaign to tell residents who live outside of cities about changes in garbage service.
Those changes include separate yard trash collection and a limit on how much garbage residents can put on their curbs.
Meanwhile, cities facing the same new state law as of Jan. 1 are pondering how to ecologically and economically dispose of their yard waste.
No longer will residents be able to mix their bags of leaves, grass clippings and dead branches on the curb with their house trash. State officials, trying to cut the size of landfills, won’t allow counties to mix the two kinds of trash.
County officials are bracing for a flurry of complaints and questions when the county program begins Jan. 1. They will hire four temporary helpers and add four phone lines to answer calls. A hot line has been set up: 330 9539.
”It’s not going to be easy, folks,” said County Commissioner Larry Furlong. ”But we do have to change the way we handle garbage.”
But skepticism abounds. When Commissioner Fred Streetman tried to convince one caller of the state’s role, ”she called me a horse’s ass and slammed down the phone,” he said.
The county will use billboards, postcards, press releases and newsletters to spread the word.
The newsletter includes poetry and obscure garbage facts to entertain but the gist is this: As of Jan. 1 residents who live in unincorporated areas will get twice a week collection of up to two containers of garbage; any more will cost extra. And they will get weekly yard trash collection, at a cost of $1 per bag. Weekly collection of recyclable items will continue.
Most cities in Seminole still are struggling to deal with the law.
City residents for the most part probably will see one weekly garbage pickup changed to a yard waste pickup. T tiffany’s hose who get to keep two garbage pickups probably will pay more.
Here’s an outline of their plans:
Altamonte Springs: Last week, sanitation customers began separating yard waste from household garbage. Yard waste is collected on Wednesdays.
Leaves, grass clippings, tree limbs and other organic matter mixed with household trash will not be collected. The yard waste will be transported to the county landfill for composting.
Casselberry: City officials still are trying to renegotiate a contract with its waste hauler, DisposAll Inc. Whether customers will lose one garbage pickup day or be charged higher rates is yet to be determined.
Lake Mary: Staff and the city’s hauler, Western Waste Industries, had worked out a proposed contract that city commissioners rejected at first glance.
The deal would increase residential curbside pickup costs from $10.40 a month to $12.80, including 54 cents for inflation. The hauler would collect household trash twice a week including one day for recyclable items. Yard trash would be collected on a separate day, called ”Yard Waste Wednesday.”
Catchy, but costly for residents who don’t take the tiffany’s ir leaves to the curb, said commissioners, who were the first to complain.
They discussed alternatives including setting up a city collection site, where residents could drop off their yard trash. Another suggestion was a special pickup and a fee only for those who want their yard waste hauled away.
Still another alternative suggested by a resident was special bags for yard waste that would be sold in advance.
In the end, commissioners postponed a decision until the Dec. 5 meeting, and ordered the staff to come up with a cost analysis of the alternatives.