Just because Danville is an exception to the rule among Kentucky cities in providing free garbage pickup does not mean it is in the wrong. In fact, there is much that is right about viewing garbage pickup as just another government service, such as police and fire protection.
The trend in Kentucky in recent years has been for the state legislature to require county governments to provide convenient methods for county residents to dispose of their garbage. That's one of the reasons Boyle County has convenience centers scattered about the county to make it easy for residents to dispose of their trash properly, rather than pitching it along the roadside, down a hill or into a creek.
That service is expensive for the county, as is curbside pickup for the city, but it was put in place for environmental and aesthetic reasons, and it has worked pretty well.
Danville City Manager Darrell Blenniss has said that the city government could save $560,000 a year by charging city residents for garbage pickup, but that wouldn't be a savings for residents unless their taxes were lowered by an equal amount, which is not what the city manager is proposing. The $560,000 would come right out of residents' pockets.