Changes for Unincorporated Polk County Residents Regarding Trash Pick-up

If you live in unincorporated Polk County there are changes for your garbage collection coming this month.

DSC_5092 copyAccording to the County website changes (for unincorporated Polk County) will include:

- Single-day, once-per-week collection of all garbage, recycle and yard waste. Not sure what day your assigned collection day is? There is a colored map! Click here to view.
- New 95-gallon trash can.
- Automated garbage collection.
- All garbage must fit in the assigned carts.

Have more questions, like what to do with your old can, what do I do with my bigger items or something else? Check out the Garbage and Recycle FAQs here AND OR tune into PGTV this Thursday, September 23, 7pm for a Q&A about new waste collection service. Reps from Waste Resource Management and other county employees will be available to answer your questions. If you have a question or would like to participate in this TV program, you will need to go to the County website at http://www.polk-county.net/pgtv.aspx and submit your questions/thoughts via the live stream instant message system when the broadcast is live.



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3 thoughts on “Changes for Unincorporated Polk County Residents Regarding Trash Pick-up

  1. Remains to be seen whether this is a good idea in disguise — or — a change in search of a reason.

    So far, we’ve been force-issued garbage cans larger than the garages that most us have to store them in (so now we’ll have cans left outside in most neighborhoods); reduced our service by half — meaning we get to smell old cat litter and dirty diapers for up to two weeks if we miss a collection day. We can’t just put these monsters by the curb next to the recycling, etc. We have to allow extra space (thereby clogging up more sidewalk/street) to allow for the super truck to pick them up. Of the course the magic truck seems to scatter more trash on the ground than the human who used to load the truck — but I guess that creates neighborhood ambiance. And, right here in the middle of 13% unemployment, we eliminated jobs jobs that allowed people to make honest livings.

    BTW, to those nutcases writing letters to the editor who want me to fill my freezer with garbage to keep the smell down between weekly collections in the summer, I say toss your tinfoil helmet and get a life!

    Only a politician (probably one paying off campaign contributions) could come up with such a great deal! But gosh, maybe there’s a “up-side” to all of this that we’ll see in a decade or so.

  2. Remains to be seen whether this is a good idea in disguise — or — a change in search of a reason.

    So far, we’ve been force-issued garbage cans larger than the garages that most us have to store them in (so now we’ll have cans left outside in most neighborhoods); reduced our service by half — meaning we get to smell old cat litter and dirty diapers for up to two weeks if we miss a collection day. We can’t just put these monsters by the curb next to the recycling, etc. We have to allow extra space (thereby clogging up more sidewalk/street) to allow for the super truck to pick them up. Of the course the magic truck seems to scatter more trash on the ground than the human who used to load the truck — but I guess that creates neighborhood ambiance. And, right here in the middle of 13% unemployment, we eliminated jobs jobs that allowed people to make honest livings.

    BTW, to those nutcases writing letters to the editor who want me to fill my freezer with garbage to keep the smell down between weekly collections in the summer, I say toss your tinfoil helmet and get a life!

    Only a politician (probably one paying off campaign contributions) could come up with such a great deal! But gosh, maybe there’s a “up-side” to all of this that we’ll see in a decade or so.

  3. If people are complaining about the amount of trash they accumulate in a week, maybe they have a larger than normal carbon footprint. Our kids are going to pay for our wastefulness if we can’t use common sense. We ARE the most wasteful country in the world.
    I spent 6 years driving through neighborhoods picking out recyclables til my back wouldnt allow it any more. Finding 4 to 15 appliances a day that were just hours from the landfill.
    Soon our trash pick up will cost more than our mortgage. Just sayin.

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