DeKalb County will go to once-a-week pickups for trash and recyclables starting the week of April 28 in several residential communities.
The three-month pilot program is designed to test consolidating collections of all garbage and recyclables to one day per week. The pilot includes 28,000 households throughout DeKalb County. Included are areas of unincorporated DeKalb, and portions of Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody, and Lithonia.
Affected households have already been notified by mail about the program. Most of them have already received a new 65-gallon roll carts container, as well as literature explaining the program and its objectives. For pilot participants, the once-a-week collections will all occur on their current recycling day
Residents who have been selected for the pilot program will have their garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings all collected on the same day in separate containers. Garbage will be collected in the aforementioned 65 gallon green roll cart container, recycling in the 18-gallon recycling bins and blue bags, and yard trimmings in customer supplied paper bags or other appropriate containers.
The new containers also allow the DeKalb Sanitation Division to test new semi- and fully-automated equipment on sanitation trucks. The current method of manual collection of garbage requires frequent lifting in conditions that often cause injuries to employees and put them at risk of handling potentially sharp objects such as broken glass and potentially harmfully chemicals. Through the use of the new carts, lifting movements will be reduced and exposure to collectors from potentially harmfully contents of garbage will be limited, reducing costs from accidents and injuries, county official say.