Aberdeen residents will also get one free bulk trash pickup per year, Robertson said. The price of each subsequent bulk pickup will be based on the size of the item, he said. Those rates will be set by the council.
In the last 10 months, the city surveyed its 4,500 pickups in the city. About 1,100 customers use bulk pickup. Nearly half of those, 46 percent, only used it once, he said.
“The remaining 54 percent used it two, three, four times, we also have some instances of some seven to eight times, refrigerators, couches,” Robertson said. “That is not the intent. We’re wearing our men out, and that’s not what you all want as taxpayers, either.”
The city’s existing trash collection service hasn’t worked right in years, Robertson said.
A quarter of the residents putting out their trash don’t use the sticker system, which has been in place for about 30 years, but the trash collectors pick it up anyway so it’s not left on the side of the road, he said. As a result, money that was supposed to defray the cost of the pickups wasn’t being collected.
“We’re trying to do what is best for the majority of this community and keep it clean and keep it neat,” Robertson said, “and not continue to hire two and three and four employees every year in jobs that are very difficult to fill, because a lot of people don’t want to be a refuse collection clerk.”