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LETTERS: County trash plan still rankles

Regarding Peachtree Corners lowering the cost of trash pickup (“Peachtree Corners residents’ trash cost gong down,” Aug. 11, 3C), it is truly amazing that most of Gwinnett households pay mandatory pricing of $18.88 per month for an assigned hauler (billed in advance via annual property tax bill), while a small community within our county can offer weekly pickup with more features at $11.50 per month.

In addition to trash/recycling pickup at this price Peachtree Corners will get side-door pickup for seniors/disabled while offering a 15 percent discount, optional $10 per month yard waste removal (instead of a minimum 6 month-fee), and a recycling “rewards” program for its citizens with 100 percent of recycling profits credited back to their city.

What is wrong with this picture? Obviously, this small city negotiates much better than giant Gwinnett county. But then again, there probably wasn’t much negotiation three years ago when the present haulers were forced on us.

C. Fontana, Lawrenceville

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Why_not 1 year, 8 months ago

At first, I did not approve at all of the trash plan orchestrated by the county. But after having time to see it work.... I will gladly pay the additional $7.50 a month to ensure that a variety of trash trucks aren't driving by my house every day of the week spilling trash on the streets. Personally, I like knowing that only on one day a week will we near that familiar sound coming from a sanitation service truck in our subdivision.

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R 1 year, 8 months ago

There appear to 4 folks that enjoy being hoodwinked and would gleefully pay more than retail for services provided...

I wonder if they return their personal Federal Tax Refunds? Probably claim NO deductions during the year too...

Why on earth do you reward government that CLEARLY promised you one thing publicly (loud and often no less) and then delivered this?

Do you work in these businesses or have other financial interests at play?

Is it perhaps a morbid fascination with all things Connie Wiggins?

Well lets see what happens when next year's millage rates roll around - maybe those 4 will just be ecstatic!!

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Mack711 1 year, 8 months ago

The article does not say who the hauler it also does not say if Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful is involved. Would like to know who the hauler is and if it is the same as anyone else in the county then we must ask why we, as Gwinnett Citizens, are forced to pay more. Can someone from Peachtree Corners tell us who the hauler is? Remember that Connie Wiggins and Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful is the ones who forced this deal onto the citizens of Gwinnett County along with Charlie Bannister, who resigned, Kevin Kennerly, who was charged with a crime, and Shirley Lassister, who is in Federal prison. That should tell us a lot about how we, as Gwinnet Citizens, got the shaft and just who got the gold mine is yet to be determined. If Peachtree Corners can get a lower rate why can't we?

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pcjohn 1 year, 8 months ago

Don't forget the assistance of Mike Beaudreau, a guy who never thought overcharging the citizenry was the wrong thing to do.

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CD 1 year, 8 months ago

There was no such thing as a spending plan that MB did not like. And by the way, it's always the taxpayer's fault.

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kevin 1 year, 8 months ago

I haven't heard of anyone having problems with the trash haulers in Gwinnett. You hardly know they came by. However, the only beef i have is why the BOC wouldn't take folk's opinions and allowed the recycling company to give annual rebate checks to each homeowner based on tonnage of recycled trash? There are companies that do this, but Gwinnett, hungry for money, wanted the rebates for the county to spend. In many places, you get 2x a week pickup for $20 a month and they pick up anything you put out, including yard waste.

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Mack711 1 year, 8 months ago

We have had some problems with our so called 'Service.' The recycle guys throw things on the ground or in the street if it is not meant to be recycled In most cases the regular trash can is next to the bin and they could not open it to place it in the container? One of the new trucks where the operator sits in the truck took out several mailboxes in our subdivision, no one was compensated for this either, Yes they called. Missed some streets. These are just a few of the problems and there are probably more out there in the county. As for traffic on the streets, that is what they are built for. Most are not at home or have nothing to do but look out the window. the point is if this hauler in Peachtree Corners is using, and they may be the one that the county uses, then why are we having to pay more? Do you really want more government in our lives? You are paying too much. As for the funds for recycling and where those funds that is a very good question. Would like to have the answer to that one.

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CD 1 year, 8 months ago

For those living near the "Lasseter" school in Gwinnett, I understand that the trash haulers pay the residents to use their services. In addition, the county rebates 150% of taxes paid. And best of all, there is no corruption.

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Why_not 1 year, 8 months ago

I have been looking for Lasseter school for days. Kevin....where did you say this school was again??

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kevin 1 year, 8 months ago

Glad we do not have to separate the recycled items. They just dump it all in the truck in one pile.

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