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Waste Pro Improves Garbage Pick-up In Petal

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PETAL, Miss. - The City of Petal says it's doing better with their relationship with Waste Pro, the company responsible for garbage pick-up.

Ward 5 Alderman Tony Ducker said Waste Pro has improved it's services for residents, despite a shaky start.

"November and  December were the pretty ruff months," he said.

The aldermen voted earlier This month to place the company on a 90 day probationary period. They threatened to cancel services if waste pro didn't straighten up its act.

"They have put the resources in the right spot and there's improvement," he said.

Fewer residents have complained in the recent weeks, the biggest problem was with debris pickup.

"Your yard debris, grass clippings," he said. "If you let that get behind one week it could put you in a tough spot."

Waste Pro management said they plan on making more changes to help track the pick up.

"We are adding cameras to record everything from the moment the truck starts an stops," said Senior Vice President Ron Pecora.  "That video is available for anybody who wants to look at it."

They also plan on adding a new system that will track customer complaints.

"You can see when the complaint was made and then what the action was," he said.

Waste Pro's contract started in November' before the city would handle their own waste, but officials say this is more cost effective.

"It also allows us to put over 400,000 in our general fund," Ducker said.

Petal plans to continue to monitor the situation closely.

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