(Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:53 PM
Complimentary trash cans for the city of DeRidder might be a waste for some, according to city officials.
During the Monday City Council meeting, Public Works Director Al Shellenbarger said he has received countless complaints from residents about cans for trash pickup that have been distributed over the past week. The bins, distributed and paid for by city trash collector, Progressive Waste Solutions, have proven difficult for some senior citizens who struggle to move the 96-gallon cans to the street.
“My negative comments have been from senior citizens who cannot pull that big trash can,” said councilman Vincent Labue. “The little small ones, they can.”
Other DeRidder residents have complained about stolen cans. Those who have an active water account should receive a can by Aug. 1. The trash cans are provided at no cost to the city or the customer, Shellenbarger said.
Shellenbarger said those who wish to have the cans taken away can contact Progressive Waste Solutions and they will come and take back the receptacle. He said they will also try to recover cans that have been stolen.
DeRidder Council President Elizabeth Granger said she has received positive feedback.
“I’ve had positive comments, so some people do like them and they look great,” she said.
Other residents have complained about not receiving their cans, however, Progressive Waste Solutions is scheduled to be distributing cans until Aug. 1. Those who have not received their bin by then should direct their call to the waste company.
Granger asked the public for their patience while cans are being delivered. Those who prefer other trash receptacles are permitted to use them at any time indefinitely.