BROOKSVILLE — On Jan. 2, Hernando County will change the way garbage is collected. The issue has generated considerable questions, which county commissioners will review during their meeting on Tuesday.
For most people in unincorporated areas, the cost of service will go down while the level of service will increase. Weekly curbside recycling will be available countywide for the first time as part of the basic service and twice a month yard waste pickup will be added.
For 11 years, the county has been served by three haulers in five service districts. Residents in Brooksville have city garbage collection.
In July, the commission approved a new franchise agreement based on bids for services and one of the three existing haulers bid lowest in every zone — Seaside Sanitation.
Seaside is a subsidiary of Republic Services, the second largest garbage company in the nation.
The company operates 348 collection companies in 40 states and Puerto Rico, serving millions of residential customers under contracts with more than 2,800 municipalities for waste collection and residential services, according to Republic's website.
Here are some of the details:
How can customers set up their accounts?
On Jan. 2, all customers who receive service from Waste Management, Choice Environmental or Seaside Sanitation will automatically switch over to Seaside Sanitation. By Dec. 26, all customers should receive a quarterly bill from Seaside for service for January through March, 2012. Those who don't should call customer service.
How will the customers be informed of the changes?
Residents have already been alerted to the change through a notice in their last utility bill and will see a similar notice in their next bill.
In December, garbage collection customers will receive notice of their pickup days for twice a week garbage and once a week recycling.
Information on recycling will be delivered in the mandatory garbage collection zone of Spring Hill in December. Those outside the mandatory zone who want weekly recycling service and need a bin and information, should call customer service.
Community meetings are also planned.
Who provides the garbage container?
The resident provides a metal or heavy-plastic garbage container with a tight-fitting lid and handles on the sides. Each resident is allowed a maximum of three 45-gallon containers with a maximum weight of 50 pounds per pickup.
All garbage should be placed on the curb by 6 a.m.
Will bulk waste be picked up?
The county franchise agreement allows four pickups a year per customer of large items such as white goods, sofas, tables, fixtures, furniture, ladders and carpet. The customer must schedule a pickup with customer service at least 72 hours in advance not counting weekends.
How will the yard waste pickup work?
Yard waste will be picked up every other week on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 4, 2012.
A change in the law requires that all yard waste must be separated from garbage. The vegetative material should be placed in the 45-gallon garbage containers or tied in bundles no more than 4-feet long. The weight limit is no more than 50 pounds.
What can be recycled?
Newspaper, cardboard, empty cereal boxes and other similar boxes can be recycled. Plastic No. 1 and No. 2 containers, aluminum and steel cans, containers from personal care products and cleaning products, milk containers and water bottles.
How do I reach customer service?
Customer service can be reached at (800) 282-9820 or (727) 868-2566.
Barbara Behrendt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1434.