Johns Island Residents Tired of Inconsistent Trash Collection

February 9, 2018, 9:51 am EST | Share:

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (CAROLINE BALCHUNAS, WTAT-TV) — People on John’s Island say they are fed up. Homeowners say trash collection falls behind far too often—and all they’re getting is lip service in return.

“Garbage is every Monday, yard debris is every Wednesday, recyclables are every other Friday,” homeowner Robert Tamasy.

Manicured yards, and bags and bags of left overs. “I’ve got four bags of yard debris that I put out last Wednesday, which was the scheduled pick-up time. It’s still out there.”

It may not look like much, but Tamasy said trash goes uncollected for days, sometimes weeks at a time.

“For a year and a half, I can’t count more than two weeks in a row where they came on time,” he said.

He said yard debris, trash and recycling often pile up next to each other and when the garbage truck does roll through, there’s overlap.

“One time they came for garbage and put the recyclables in with the garbage which was kind of upsetting, kind of alarming because why are we separating them and paying for a separate charge?” he said.

When he calls Waste Pro to complain, he said he’s routinely offered an account credit for 27-cents a day. He and his neighbors agree—it may be time to toss out the contract.

“Almost at the point where we’re saying why are we doing this service, we’ll end it, and we’ll take it, I’ll go to Bees Ferry,” he said.

Roughly $35 a month, Tamasy says it isn’t about the money. Waste Pro isn’t living up to its name, or its contract.

“I kn ow they’ve been looking into it because it’s universal. Again, I’m not an isolated case. Everybody has the same problem, they don’t just pick on Bobby from New Jersey, thank god, right?”

Waste Pro is the same company currently facing scrutiny with the Town of Summerville for similar issues. Leaders there told us they are working to improve communication with homeowners.