DeKalb rolling out new trash cans and once-a-week service

Posted by Dena Mellick June 18, 2015
DeKalb trash cans

Photo obtained from ReporterNewspapers.net

DeKalb County will begin rolling out new trash cans and a new pickup service.

DeKalb County residents will begin getting the new 65-gallon garbage roll carts Friday, June 19.

“Every single-family residential household in unincorporated DeKalb County and the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Lithonia will receive a county-provided garbage roll cart,” a press release stated. “Residents in single-family detached homes will receive standard 65-gallon garbage roll carts. Residents in townhomes and condominiums will have the opportunity to request optional roll cart sizes during this initial roll cart delivery phase, due to roll cart storage issues and townhome and condominium covenants.”

Once-a-week sanitation services will start Monday, July 6, even if residents haven’t received the county trash cans by then. The press release said, “Garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings will all be collected on the same day. Door hanger notifications advising of residents’ newly designated sanitation collection service day have been completed, and reminder notices will be delivered with each roll cart.”

The move to once-a-week service has been dubbed “Rolling Forward to One” by the county. County commissioners approved the move from two-day-a-week service to one in March as a cost-cutting measure.

DeKalb County notes, “The garbage roll cart delivery stage is expected to take eight weeks to complete, and will mark the end of Phase I of the program. Phase II of the program, with a focus on recycling, is expected to begin in fall 2015. More information on Phase II of the program will be provided in upcoming months.”

Here’s the county’s press release:

DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and the DeKalb County Sanitation Division announce the beginning of the roll cart delivery stage of the County’s recently launched “Rolling Forward to One” sanitation collection service change program. This stage of the program’s implementation will begin on Friday, June 19.

Every single-family residential household in unincorporated DeKalb County and the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Lithonia will receive a county-provided garbage roll cart. Residents in single-family detached homes will receive standard 65-gallon garbage roll carts. Residents in townhomes and condominiums will have the opportunity to request optional roll cart sizes during this initial roll cart delivery phase, due to roll cart storage issues and townhome and condominium covenants.

One-day-a-week sanitation collection service will begin on Monday, July 6, even for residents who have not yet received a county-provided garbage roll cart. Garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings will all be collected on the same day. Door hanger notifications advising of residents’ newly designated sanitation collection service day have been completed, and reminder notices will be delivered with each roll cart.

The garbage roll cart delivery stage is expected to take eight weeks to complete, and will mark the end of Phase I of the program. Phase II of the program, with a focus on recycling, is expected to begin in fall 2015. More information on Phase II of the program will be provided in upcoming months.

Single-family residential customers will switch to one-day-a-week sanitation collection service as follows:

  • Monday once-a-week customers will begin on Monday, July 6, 2015
  • Tuesday once-a-week customers will begin on Tuesday, July 7, 2015
  • Wednesday once-a-week customers will begin on Wednesday, July 8, 2015
  • Thursday once-a-week customers will begin on Thursday,  July 9, 2015

For program updates and more details about the service change, including a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and dates of upcoming informational public meetings, contact Sanitation

Division Public Information Officer Pauline A. Andrea at 404-294-2092 or paandrea@dekalbcountga.gov,

or visit the “Rolling Forward to One” program website at www.rollingforwardtoone.com.

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  • Scottdale Fallen Love Ones

    This sucks and will be a disaster! The pile up of trash will be enormous and the workers will be overwhelmed. My sanitation workers complain about the amount of trash we have each day of the two day pick up now, even tho it’s their job but like i told them it’s eleven people live here(big house)

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