County garbage pickup moves to four-day weekPublished 1:04pm Thursday, June 26, 2014
Some customers of Morgan County Environmental Services will see a change in the day their garbage is picked up, beginning Mon., June 30, when Morgan County Environmental Services switches from a five-day to a four-day workweek.
“While the new schedule will remain unchanged for many customers, others will receive service on a different day,” said Ricky Brooks, Environmental Services director. “We’ve published the new route schedule in the county newsletter and posted signs at intersections to let customers know what day to have their garbage carts ready for pickup. The pickup day will remain on roads where no sign has been posted.
“We’ve waited a long time for this,” Brooks pointed out. “Our employees have worked eight-hour shifts five days a week for about 20 years. They have looked forward to getting their week’s work done in four10-hour shifts, Monday through Thursday. “It means we’ll have a little longer periods of off time off time and save the county some money at the same time.”
He pointed out that his department has worked on all holidays except. Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Now Friday will serve an alternate day for pickup when those two holiday as well as nay other regular pickup days lost to inclement weather.
“Our move to automated pickup service two and one-half years ago has made it possible for us to run our routes in four days,” Books stated. “At the same time, we’ve done the job quicker, cleaner, safer and kept our rates at $12.50 per month for the past seven years.”
Environmental Services operates nine automated garbage trucks and serves about 18,000 customers.