Spanish Fort garbage change dates set

By Guy Busby
Posted 11/25/19

SPANISH FORT – Dates have been set for changes in garbage collection in Spanish Fort, but some questions remain about the pickup of old containers, city officials said.

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SPANISH FORT – Dates have been set for changes in garbage collection in Spanish Fort, but some questions remain about the pickup of old containers, city officials said.

Waste Pro was the low bidder for garbage collection in the city. Mayor Mike McMillan said the new company will start at the end of December.

“Advanced Disposal will no longer be our garbage provider after Dec. 28,” McMillan said. “Effective the 30th, Waste Pro will be the new provider for garbage, recycling and yard waste. Waste Pro will run routes through the city Monday through Friday. Approximately Nov. 29, Waste Pro will be mailing out notifications for service day changes and general information. New carts will be delivered the week of Dec. 16 through 20. Each cart will also have an informational card attached.”

Waste Pro will take only three holidays during the year, so service should have fewer schedule changes, he said.

“The new carrier Waste Pro will only celebrate three (holidays) Jan. 1, Christmas and Thanksgiving, so you won’t have the Veterans Day, Memorial Day,” McMillan said.

Officials have not confirmed when Advanced will collect the old garbage containers.

Councilman J.R. Smith said that could create problems for residents in some subdivisions where containers cannot be left out for long periods of time.

“Most subdivisions have regulations,” Smith said. “You can be fined if you leave your can out for more than 24 hours. Not that everybody adheres to it, but it does happen. The thing is, you don’t want your trash can sitting out on the street for four or five days while you’re wondering when they’re going to come get it.”

McMillan said the city will work to confirm when cans will be collected. He said residents have also complained about problems with garbage collection in recent weeks, but that he did not know if those issues would be resolved before the new company starts.

“It’s not going to get better before it gets worse,” he said. “We will do our best. I’ll talk to them and get them out there. They’re track record proves that’s the way it’s going to be.”