By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
As reported in previous weeks, Coosa County will now have a new company providing waste disposal and garbage pickup for county residents, with the new service starting next week.
With the contract with GFL ending March 31, the County Commission had put the county’s waste disposal contract up for bid, and GFL did not rebid on the contract. After putting it up for bid three times, the commission received two bids and unanimously approved accepting the lowest bid from 121 Disposal Company, as reported in last week’s edition.
This change impacts all county residents who had most recently had GFL as their garbage pickup service provider as it is a county-wide contract.
The only area of the county not impacted by this change is Goodwater, which was not using GFL. The Town of Goodwater has its own separate contract, and its residents have AGL out of Ashland to provide service.
AGL Solid Waste Disposal Authority provides both residential and commercial waste disposal services for customers in Ashland, Goodwater, Lineville, and Wadley, as well as rural Clay County. Formed in 1994, AGL is municipally owned by the cities of Ashland, Lineville and Goodwater, with Goodwater owning one-third of the company.
AGL did not bid on the county-wide contract, but nothing has changed for Goodwater residents as AGL will continue providing service in that area. However, the rest of Coosa County is switching to 121 Disposal for its pickup services.
GFL did not send notices to its customers notifying them that it would no longer be providing service as of April 1, and the company also refused to share its customer list or route information with the county. As such, those wishing to continue garbage pickup need to register with the new company to continue or start service.
As reported last week, county residents may sign up for waste disposal services online, by calling 121 Disposal, or in person at Rockford Town Hall or the Coosa County Courthouse, which has offered in-person registration all week.
Town Hall will accept customer applications and payment today from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The courthouse will accept applications and payment today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Rockford Town Hall and the courthouse can accept payment by cash, check, or money orders. Those wishing to pay with a card will need to register online or call the company.
The total amount due at the time of sign up is $79.41 for the first quarter. If a resident does not have a workable can, then the initial cost is $104.41, which includes a one-time $25 fee for a new can.
County residents can also register conveniently online at www.121disposal.com or call 121 Waste Disposal at 334-758-8351.
The company will begin service Monday, April 10. Customers’ exact pickup days will be determined by 121 Disposal as the company establishes its route; however, a company representative stated previously that they would try to keep the pick-up day the same as much as possible.
In responding to questions on social media, a representative with 121 Disposal stated, “We are excited to serve the citizens of Coosa County! We look forward to working with you all to make the transition as smooth as possible while striving to provide outstanding service!”
Coosa County Administrator Amy Gilliland stated, “The courthouse and [Rockford] Town Hall are doing all we can to help 121 Disposal and our citizens have a smooth transition. Please call GFL with your complaints. It is not the commission’s, the mayor’s, or any other elected official’s fault. GFL was supposed to notify everyone.”
She added, “I’m thankful 121 Disposal is working above and beyond to service our small rural county.”
GFL customers who had paid in advance for service beyond March 31 are encouraged to contact GFL at 866-378-6878 to request a refund.