New waste hauler starts on Monday
Residents of Thousand Oaks, those within the city limits, are notified this week of their new garbage collection days.
The change, which is part of the impending transfer of power from Waste Management / GI Industries and EJ Harrison / Newbury Disposal to Athens Services, can be shocking for homeowners who have been taking out their trash on the same day for more than 20 years. .
Lisa Foley saw her pickup day change from Monday to Friday.
“I went from the best day to the worst,” she lamented on social networks.
Most new Athens customers who reviewed the Glans were not concerned about the change. Some have said it might take some getting used to.
“I’m more concerned about threats of additional charges if the lids aren’t 100% closed,” said Chad Scott. “In the 17 years that I’ve paid WM, they’ve never mentioned or threatened a fine. “
“The most difficult change will be getting my teenagers to put food waste in the green bin, which is a state issue and not Athens,” said another.
Athens Services said this week that about 70% of its Thousand Oaks customer base is seeing a change in the days of service. Change is needed, say Athens officials, to make garbage collection more efficient.
“We are changing some days of service to reduce the frequency of trips and our overall environmental impact,” said Rondi Guthrie, vice president of government affairs for Athens. “This is one of the advantages of our proposal.
Waste Management and Newbury Disposal trucks made their last pickups this week; Athens Services takes over the city’s waste transport tasks on January 3.
Regarding the changes to pickup days, the company sent letters on Wednesday, December 22 and put stickers on the bins placed near the sidewalk.
Athens has created a map where customers can view their pickup days.
While no one is ignored for garbage pickup, some customers may have two pickups during transition week, Guthrie said.
“For example, if a customer’s current pickup day is Monday and their new pickup is Thursday, we’ll pick up on Monday and Thursday during transition week,” Guthrie said.
From Thousand Oaks, Athens will transport the waste by truck to Waste Management’s Simi Valley landfill, a fairly recent development. The plan was to bring the waste to Calabasas in early December, said Helen Cox, head of the city’s sustainability division at the time.
Another upcoming change will relate to trash cans and recycling bins.
From January 4, Athens will begin replacing the Waste Management and Harrison bins. To comply with the new state law, all customers, in addition to a recycling and waste bin, will receive an organic waste bin even though they currently do not have a third bin. This bin will be intended for both garden waste and food scraps.
Due to the large number of ferries to be replaced, Athens expects the exchange to continue until March.
“Customers will receive a barrel swap notification one week prior to the swaps,” Guthrie said. “The exchanges will take place on service days. As new containers are delivered, the old containers will be removed. “
Christmas tree pickup
Athens Services will be collecting natural Christmas trees until January 18.
The company collects the trees and compost them into nutrient-rich soil that can be used in agriculture, public parks and landscaping.
Athens is asking those who remove trees to remove all brackets, lights, ornaments, tree skirts and garlands before placing them next to trash cans for curbside pickup.
If the trees are more than six feet long, the company is asking residents to cut them in half. Artificial trees, flocked trees and trees covered with fire retardants are not recyclable or compostable and will be treated as waste, Athens said.
If residents miss the designated time for tree collection, they can request a bulky item collection or cut the tree down and put it in their organic waste bin. Customers are entitled to two free bulky item drives, in which up to three large items can be disposed of, per year.
Additional collections in the year are subject to additional charges.
To request a pickup of bulky items, call Athens at (833) 791-2377.