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Hernando Letters to the Editor

Republic Services needs to provide smaller garbage bins

I am 90 years old. My neighbor across the street is in her 90s. Lots of elderly in Spring Hill.

A few months ago, we were provided with large, 95-gallon containers in a new waste collection system and told that in May we could request a smaller, 65-gallon size to replace the larger one. The larger one is dangerous and extremely difficult to handle.

On April 30, I called Republic at the number in the Hernando County literature we received and was connected to Republic in Indianapolis. I spoke with Carol, who told me they had three container sizes — a smaller one in addition to the 95- and 65-gallon bins.

Carol said the smallest size is definitely the size that should be available for the elderly, and that even the 65-gallon size could be hard for the elderly. She noted that the smallest size was apparently not available in our area, but she would request it, nonetheless in the May 10 replacement.

I called the local Republic office, and Jeffry said that Hernando County had mandated the large and medium sizes only.

This speaks for itself in an apparent disregard for the elderly. Hernando County owns the container, and its name is on it. A liability exposure also.

Marvin Gottlieb, Spring Hill