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Trash survey closes this week; 2,800 responded

LAWRENCEVILLE - Residents who take out the papers and the trash have a last chance to talk back about their garbage this week.

A survey intended to garner opinions about preferred methods of trash pickup will close Friday. The survey began in May.

Connie Wiggins, executive director of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, said 2,800 people have answered questions that will help determine the future of trash collection in the county. The survey can be accessed on the group's Web site at www.gwinnettcb.org.

The county is in the middle of revamping its solid waste plan, and Gwinnett's Board of Commissioners should receive a recommendation about how to proceed later this month.

Any major changes likely would not be enacted until 2009, but the leading suggestion is a plan that would divide the county into eight to 10 service districts and allow trash collection companies to bid on the districts.

Currently, eight for-profit companies collect garbage in Gwinnett and 80 percent of the county's ZIP codes have six or more companies picking up the trash. That has led to complaints about garbage trucks going up and down streets and trash bins being on the curb every day.

People without Internet access who want to participate in the survey can have it faxed or mailed. Call 770-822-5187 for more information.