Should DeKalb keep sanitation schedule or reduce services?

DECATUR -- ­ The DeKalb County Department of Sanitation will hold two more public meetings this week to discuss the future of garbage pickup in the county. Residents are encouraged to attend to provide their input.


The issues before the public are whether DeKalb County should reduce the current garbage collection schedule to one day per week or maintain the current collection schedule of twice per week.  If DeKalb maintains its current schedule of twice per week, the sanitation fee would increase from $265 to $305 per year. The fee is included on property owners¹ annual property tax bill; however, it is not a part of the tax funds budget.

DeKalb County has not increased the sanitation fees since 2006. The fee adjustment would cover the increase in fuel costs and operating expenses for sanitation trucks. Expenses are expected to outpace revenues in 2013, thus necessitating a decision on whether to pick up fewer times or charge more for the service.

Two meetings are scheduled this week:

Monday, Jan. 28,6:30 p.m.
Cedar Grove High School
2360 River Road
Ellenwood, GA 30294

Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.
DeKalb Legislative Community Cabinet Meeting
Chapel Hill Middle School
3535 Dogwood Farm Road
Decatur, GA 30034

The CEO and the Board of Commissioners will receive the results of public input in February.  For more information, visit or call 404-371-3689.