Garbage Collection Bills Responsible for New Glynn County Tax; Increase the City Will Attempt to Increase Participation in Trash Pickup and Eliminate Illegal Dumping

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Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union

BRUNSWICK -- Glynn County residents will see their property tax bills increase by $107 next year as the bill for garbage collection goes onto the tax bills.

Residents who don't have garbage bins will also get them as the county seeks to end illegal dumping and littering through mandatory participation in what is now voluntary garbage collection.

"No, we will not eliminate illegal dumping, but it will [take a bite out of] it,'' County Administrator Charlie Stewart told the county commissioners Thursday night at their regular meeting.

As it stands, about 70 percent of the 26,000 households in unincorporated areas are voluntary participants and pay a vendor, Southland Waste Systems, for weekly pickup and disposal, he said.

Of those who don't subscribe to Southland, about 4,000 live in apartments, condominiums or duplexes with commercial disposal contracts -- leaving about 4,000 other households with no identifiable means of getting rid of their garbage.

"We're trying to make it 100 percent,'' Stewart said.

Commissioner Tony Thaw said he realized the depth of the problem shortly after he took office last year.

Responding to a resident's complaint, Thaw said he toured Petersville Road in rural northern Glynn County, where he saw garbage dumped on virtually every vacant lot.

Unless garbage collection is made mandatory, illegal dumping will continue, Thaw said.

"They're going to throw it in a commercial Dumpster, empty lots, someone else's property,'' he said. …

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