Ask The Mayor

April 17, 2010 by  
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April 2010

This month’s question:
“You took our garbage cans away, so where are we supposed to put our garbage?”

The City decided a few years ago to implement a new trash collection system for the south end business district, and taxpayers invested a significant amount of money in the area in the winter of 2008, but we were still left with the problem of trash receptacles in plain view which made certain areas of our business district relatively unattractive.

We decided to do what many municipalities (including Savannah) have done to address this problem: using strategically-placed, relatively out-of-sight trash compactors.  We placed one on Atlantic and one on Lovell.  We did everything we could to minimize the hardship this created for the businesses in the area and tried to explain that it was being done in the final analysis to help the businesses by improving the appearance of the area.  However, there are problems with the system.  (Photo 2 was sent by the person who submitted this month’s question.) One of them is that sometimes the compactors are filled to capacity prior to pick-up with things like cardboard boxes.

One of the major problems we have is that many businesses simply place boxes adjacent to the compactors without placing them inside and hitting the button to compact the trash.  We are looking at the possibility of adding cardboard recycling in this area so that businesses who wish to recycle such material don’t have to bring it to the Department of Public Works which may help, and we may need to add one or more additional compactors.  We encourage our businesses to let the City know if and when the compactors fill up so that we can arrange for pick-up, and to use either compactor should one be full. The bottom line is that any new process will encounter some hiccups and problems.  We will do our very best to address these issues in a timely manner and are exploring long term solutions so that our businesses have a location to process their trash and recyclables.

Thanks for the great question.
Until next month,
Jason Buelterman

Send questions to “Ask the Mayor,” City of Tybee Island, P.O. Box 2749, Tybee Island, GA 31328, or e-mail them with an “Ask the Mayor” header to buelterman@hotmail.com.

Photo: Mayor Jason Buelterman assisted by Randy “Hatman” Smith, poses (while drawing names from the raffle basket) with limo ride winner, Alec Fanning and his mom, Deanna at The Last Song “Flip Flop” Pre-Movie Gala at the Tybee Gym on March 31st.  (Photo by Nancy Heffernan, The Tybee Times, copyright 2010)

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