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City trash service changing pickup day
City trash can
Beginning next week, city residents whose trash is picked up through the city will put their trash cans out for pickup on Wednesdays instead of Mondays. - photo by Erica Jones

During the Aug. 1 meeting of the Dawsonville City Council, council members voted to allow the city’s trash service provider to change the trash pickup day from Mondays to Wednesdays, effective beginning on Aug. 10. 

City residents whose trash is picked up through the city will now put their trash out at the curb each week by 6 a.m. on Wednesday mornings, for pickup during the day on Wednesdays. 

In a brief presentation to the council, City Clerk Beverly Banister explained that Red Oak Sanitation, the service that provides trash pickup to city residents, had requested to change the pickup day from Monday to Wednesday. 

“Basically, the owner of Red Oak had asked us if we would consider changing our service day from Monday to Wednesday,” Banister said. “They’ve had a lot of growth and a recent acquisition and they would like to reroute all of their customers, which would include changing us to a Wednesday pickup day.” 

Mayor Mike Eason remarked during the meeting that a Wednesday pickup would make more sense from a convenience standpoint, due mainly to the fact that so many holidays fall on Mondays throughout the year and therefore result in delayed service.

“I personally think it’s a good idea cause I know a lot of times I’ll put it out on Sunday and it’s a holiday and I don’t think about it and it sits out there until Tuesday; we have to do that about seven or eight times, maybe 10 times a year,” Eason said. 

Council Member Will Illg asked whether city residents should be polled before the decision was made, but according to City Manager Bob Bolz, in the past when customers have been asked questions about trash services responses are only returned by about 10 or 15 percent of customers. Banister added that city employees will work on contacting all of the customers about the changes between the time of the council meeting and the time when the new pickup day goes into effect. 

“They’re asking for next week… we feel that even if we had a month’s notice there’s just going to be a handful of people who aren’t going to read what we send them and they’re going to call us anyways,” Banister said. “The good thing is [we’re] changing from a Monday to a Wednesday so at least we can say ‘you might not have known but we did change it to Wednesday so leave your can out or bring it back out to the curb and we’ll be there this week’ as opposed to the other way where they missed it already and now they have to wait until next week. I think the staff is going to have to field a few calls but we are gonna do our best to make sure everyone is notified.” 

Council members voted unanimously to approve the new trash pickup day for the city, effective beginning next week on Wednesday, Aug. 10.