DONALDSONVILLE — Representatives from the solid waste collection company that serves the city assured the council Tuesday that pickup for bulky waste will improve, after issues arose last week.
Progressive Waste Solutions staff addressed complaints of late pickup of debris piles on local curbs.
According to the city’s contract with Progressive, trucks capable of picking up large, bulky waste are scheduled to be in specific city districts on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin said drivers had been seen cleaning districts not assigned to those days.
Glenn Hubbard, Progressive’s operations supervisor for the area, said he made the call to change routes in what he felt was a better way to clean the city after the storms.
“The storm debris was a lot,” he said. “Before we started jumping around, I informed my drivers to stay in a certain area and clean it before moving on. I tried to inform as many city officials as possible.”
Hubbard said he thought focusing on one area at a time would allow for faster and better cleanup throughout the city.
Hubbard said his drivers were “about a half-day behind” in their collection route because of the extra debris and travel time to the nearby landfill stifled by construction on the Sunshine Bridge. However, he added that he kept track of what was not collected and had a truck work an extra day in the city.
Councilmen said they felt that the trucks needed to stay on their assigned routes each day, even if there are increased piles of debris to pick up.
Councilman Emile Spano noted that some residents call Progressive directly when their debris piles are not picked up on schedule.
Brad Wainscott, the new manager for the district covering Donaldsonville, assured the council that the drivers will follow whatever plan the city wishes.