In 1974 the Russell County Commission asked the water authority board to take over the operation of the county garbage system, thus forming the Russell County Utilities Board. The County Commission subsidized the operation until 1985 at which time it was to stand on it’s own financially. For several years the refuse collected was disposed of in the landfill operated by the City of Phenix City. In 1992 changes in State Law required collection to be disposed of in a Subtitle D Landfill. Over the course of time the Russell County Utilities Board has increased the number of routes from 14 to now 35. Those routes are covered with 12 vehicles ranging from 3 to 25 yard capacity, of which 8 require CDL licensed drivers. The garbage service covers nearly 600 square miles of unincorporated Russell County. Over 900 tons of refuse is picked of on a monthly basis and our trucks run on average 17,000 miles monthly.