New hauler for garbage OK’d in county

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 12, 2008

Regular garbage pickup for about 150 customers of a private service in southeast Warren County will resume next week and customers will not be required to find a new provider.

Billy Drake has been issued the permit taken from his father by county officials for using the wrong kind of truck.

District 5 Supervisor Richard George said Thursday that Billy Drake, 59, has taken over the business from his father, Leon Drake, 86.

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Customers can expect Monday and Friday to be the primary pickup days, Drake said, adding mandates on truck use will be followed on both public and private roads.

Warren County does not offer any public waste services, but state law requires the county to monitor private services. A $1.25 surcharge is included in customer bills to pay for county compliance. Households must pay the fee, take it to a landfill themselves if documented or show proof in writing that they have permission to dispose of trash in a commercial receptacle.

Four years ago, the county imposed the additional requirement that trucks with open beds could not be used for garbage collection. It was an anti-litter effort, designed to end garbage strewn from after being picked up. Drake’s permit was pulled because, supervisors said, he did not comply.

Rate increases have put most non-municipal monthly garbage bills near or over the $17.89 city residents pay to Waste Management, the city’s contract service. The Houston firm also has most business outside the city, about 4,300 customers. Private haulers handle about 450 customers, according to the most recent reliable statistics compiled by Warren County.  The county has no records on thousands of households, but has been working to create a comprehensive list and keep it current.