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Moultrie takes garbage above-ground

Mike Scott Mike Scott
Bruce Terrell Bruce Terrell
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Folks in Moultrie will soon see a change in the way their garbage is picked up at their homes. The city says current in-ground garbage systems are inefficient and costly. City leaders believe the change to a roll-out garbage system will be the answer to their problems. 

The city's garbage collectors were previously hired as temporary workers from the Quality Employment agency.  But in December of last year the agency notified the city that they would no longer be able to supply personnel due to liability issues. Now the city is paying even more for out of town workers to pick up garbage but they say hopefully not for long.

"These last 20 years, or longer," said Solid Waste Coordinator Bruce Terrell.  "But we have a 20 year warranty on them. The in-ground liners last from four to five. "

And that's not the only advantage to the switch in the collection process. "It's cost efficiency," said City Manager  Mike Scott.  "It lessens the possibility of workers compensation claims.  In long term, it'll be a savings for the residents."

The city lost temporary workers supplied by the Quality Employment agency after injuries sustained by collectors resulted in the agency being unable to purchase insurance coverage.

"These labor issues are serious," Terrell said. "With the insurance skyrocketing, it's tough to find people that want to do that job that can do the job and to find someone that will insure them as well."

In order to provide the most economically efficient service the city has decided on a fully automated rollout cart system a one-man-operation. It will go by each house once a week to pick up three times the garbage than before. Another plus?  Avoiding rain water buildup and an overflow of trash.

"That's normal.  That's in about 80% of our liners that we have to come pump out.  And if we don't get them pumped out, then it rusts the cans like this," said Terrell.

The city says the entire process is expected to take two years one that will cost around $700,000.

Mike Scott says plans are underway to remove the in-ground liners and the city will provide additional information on how to use the new system.

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