By Elsa Maxey
Trash-pick up for the July 4th week in Sugar Land had some residents taking advantage of two more pick-up days and others doing a double take. A total of four trips in a week took place last week for trash pick-up because “Republic Services made an error,” said city spokesperson Doug Adolph. He is referring to the service provider, who committed the faux pas, not just in a couple of neighborhoods, but throughout the city, according to Adolph.
The July 4th holiday solid waste schedule posted on the city’s website had shown an adjustment due to Monday’s holiday, and pick up was bumped down by one day through Saturday. But, Republic Service trucks were spotted in neighborhoods on Monday, July 4th, and there were homeowners with routine schedules that lucked out, because their trash was picked up. The city then posted a message on its website stating that the pick-up was done in error and the trucks would be back the following day to collect Monday’s route. So, there was going to be a re-do on Tuesday, and it would be in accordance with the city’s posted schedule. Not so!
Trash pick-up continued on the regularly scheduled days and the make-up days, meaning that service was doubled up confusing some residents, who called city hall for clarification.
So, who’s going to pay for the double duty, the taxpayer?
It looks like residents are in luck, again. “Any mistake made by the contractor that results in extra solid waste collection trips does not result in additional cost to Sugar Land,” said Adolph.