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Commissioners holding off on countywide garbage collection
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Liberty County commissioners won’t be placing polycarts for household garbage at homes in the unincorporated portions of the county any time soon.

County Administrator Joey Brown recommended to commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night that going to polycart collection for household garbage isn’t currently feasible across the county.

“Because of the state of the union and the way things are, we’re having enough problems trying to staff what we currently do,” he said. “Right now, it would be very tough to get that up and running.”

County commissioners contracted with a consulting firm last year to look into what it would take to start a curbside garbage collection service throughout the unincorporated county. The current system has garbage pickup once a week in Flemington and rural Riceboro, serving nearly 640 households.

MSW Consultants proposed two scenarios for future polycart use. One included those currently served and extended service to all households in the unincorporated portions, a total of more than 7,650 homes. A second scenario added those homes plus those in Riceboro and Midway, within about three years, bringing the number of homes with curbside service to more than 8,700.

The study also laid out challenges, including labor and the number of homes on private roads, nearly 500 in all. With an expanded service, the county could be looking at adding 10 new positions, according to the study.

Also, as other government entities experience long wait times on delivery of vehicles both large and small, the lead time on equipment also is expected to be lengthy.

“To try to double that staff and open up something new right now, business- wise, we just don’t think is feasible,” Brown said.

The county may take another look at it down the road, Brown pointed out.

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