With Alpharetta residents staying home, city sees 'more than 25% increase' in residential waste volumes

The city of Alpharetta is urging its residents to reduce their yard and bulky waste so those waste collection services are not cut. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The city of Alpharetta is urging its residents to reduce their yard and bulky waste so those waste collection services are not cut. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The city of Alpharetta is urging its residents to reduce their yard and bulky waste so those waste collection services are not cut. (Courtesy Fotolia)

As many residents are spending more time at home during the coronavirus outbreak, Alpharetta city officials said in a Facebook post that residential garbage volumes in Alpharetta have increased more than 25%, putting a burden on the ability for Republic Services—the city's trash and recycling service provider—to maintain service schedules. This is because the garbage trucks fill more quickly and must be pulled from routes more frequently to unload, city officials said in the post.

"We are doing our best to take care of our customers and minimize any service disruptions. The recent surge in residential waste and unique challenges we face creates the need for potential changes to our services in some communities," according to a Republic Services statement.


Community Impact Newspaper reached out to Republic Services to verify the percentage increase in residential garbage volume, but Republic Services could not confirm the exact percentage increase before publication March 31.

In some areas serviced by Republic Services, the company has had to stop all yard and bulk waste collections so drivers can be reassigned to assist with household waste collections; however, city officials said in the social media post to consider the following measures to prevent the stoppage of yard and bulk waste services in Alpharetta:

  • postpone big "spring cleaning" projects that would result in bulky waste;

  • keep yard waste to a minimum;

  • delay putting debris out for pickup; and

  • consider composting.


"With your help, we can keep yard and bulky waste to a minimum for now so those services [are] available when they are absolutely necessary," city officials said in the Facebook post.

By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.