From The Tribune staff reports
CENTER POINT — The City of Center Point released a debris pickup update on their Facebook Page on Thursday, August 11.
“When the mayor and city council were elected, of their primary focuses was to rid the city of dilapidated properties and clean it up. The city was under contract with Waste Management for garbage services, and the city worked tirelessly trying to get them to improve their service,” the Facebook post stated.
The city also stated that when the contract was up for renewal, the city solicited bids twice. Each time, Waste Management was the only bidder, and other waste collection companies cited equipment and personnel issues as why they did not bid for Center Point’s garbage service.
The city of Center Point was informed on April 30, 2022, that Waste Management would no longer provide residential debris and bulk city pickup.
“It left the responsibility of debris pickup to the city. The city immediately took action, purchased a boom truck, ordered two additional trucks that are on backorder until December 2022, and is in the process of hiring personnel. We understand your frustration. It is a slow process due to the lack of resources to promptly pick up debris. Please be patient with us,” the Facebook post stated.
Center Point listed “Do’s and Don’t’s” when it comes to debris pickup:
- The city will not haul building material or trees cut down by private contractors.
- Medical waste, sharp objects, body fluids, etc., should be properly disposed of in a safe and sanitary manner. Please contact the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) at (205) 942-6168, located at 110 Vulcan Road in Birmingham, for additional information.
- The city offers recycling at 30 2oth Court NW from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- The city will not pick up hazardous material.
- If you cut your trees down, they will only pick up branches 3 inches or smaller.
Citizens can also contact the Horticulture Department for missed debris pickup at (205) 438-6330.