Created: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 06:22:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:55:13 EST
The Hancock County community and commissioners meet with Advanced Disposal representatives Friday to discuss the trash problem.
Not an empty seat in sight in the county courthouse room. Many county residents voiced their concerns with the longstanding problem of the overflowing garbage dumps.
"We do have a problem here in Hancock County with the trash," resident Sally Gass said.
The community and the commissioners spoke out to the two Advanced Disposal representatives there about the 10 sites operated by the company. All but one are open, unguarded and littered with not only garbage but house hold furnishings, which is clearly stated on signs at the areas that it’s illegal.
"You have animals that are always there, digging through the trash and people too that goes through the dumpsters getting things out which to me was a health hazard," Gass said.
Some people criticized Advanced Disposal workers not keeping the dump areas tidy. While others said the garbage wasn't being picked up on the correct days.
"We're going to be checking into schedules and making sure it's done at the appropriate time,” Commission Chair, Sistie Hudson said.
Many ideas about how to solve the problem were tossed around including individual households having their own garbage bin that the trash service picks up.
"I think we're a little too rural for that, but I think that is something they've considered but I'm not sure that would be the best application," Hancock County resident, Henry Fitzgerald said.
Instead, many people agreed with Hudson that gated and guarded dumpster areas are the best solution.
"I think they should be manned and maybe this will help the trash issue here," Gass said.
Hudson said after Friday’s meeting she started to look at prospective new dumpster sites. The county is currently working through the legal process of foreclosed properties it owns that could be new dump areas. If it works out, the county wants to open up five new gated and guarded sites in a year and close down the current eyesores.