Dothan Garbage

The city of Dothan says it is getting out of the trash business, at least when it comes to apartment complexes.

Tuesday, Dothan city commissioners voted 7-0 to change the city's garbage pick-up policy.

As part of the new measure beginning after January first, Dothan’s 21 apartment complexes will be required to contract out their trash collection with a private company for a fee.

Currently, the city has been collecting the garbage at no cost.

Instead of plastic trashcans enclosed in a closed bin area, apartment tenants will be taking their trash to a dumpster instead.

City officials say the change is necessary since the city has spent more than $75,000 this year on a service it doesn't collect from.

The next change city officials are considering is ending garbage pick-up at Dothan city schools.