Con­ve­nience cen­ters now re­quire proof of pur­chase

The Covington News - - NEWS - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@cov­news.com

New­ton County res­i­dents want­ing to throw away their trash at one of the 11 New­ton County Neigh­bor­hood Re­cy­cling Cen­ters were re­quired to show proof of pur­chase start­ing Tues­day, Oct. 25, when a new $50 fee was of­fi­cially put into ef­fect.

The proof of pur­chase came in the form of a hang tag which can be dis­played on the rear view mir­ror of a car. The re­quired date for the tags has been pushed back sev­eral times, but was of­fi­cially re­quired Tues­day.

Greg Pick­ett, who has lived in New­ton County since he was 3-years-old, was one of the many peo­ple who stopped by the High­way 36 con­ve­nience cen­ter Tues­day af­ter­noon with a tag dis­played on his ve­hi­cle. He said he thought the county went about the change in pol­icy the wrong way. He did not mind pay­ing to use the trash ser­vices and does not want the con­ve­nience cen­ters to close.

Ju­nior Rut­ledge, the at­ten­dant at the Hazel­brand Road cen­ter, said he did not have any com­plaints about the tags. He is fa­mil­iar with the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple who come to the cen­ter, hav­ing worked there for six years, and if they did not al­ready have a tag he pro­vided them with the in­for­ma­tion to pur­chase a tag.

How­ever, William Akins, at­ten­dant at the High­way 212 lo­ca­tion, said it seemed like the traf­fic at his con­ve­nience cen­ter was down by half. He said the main is­sue was the lack of in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to the res­i­dents prior to the tags tak­ing ef­fect. Each cen­ter was pro­vided with a hand­out to pro­vide res­i­dents, but Akins said he was out by Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the hand­out, it costs cit­i­zens $43.55 per month per house­hold to use and sup­port the op­er­a­tions of the con­ve­nience cen­ters and $42.66 per ton of waste to man­age the solid waste stream for the re­main­ing life of the land­fill. The cen­ters con­trib­ute to the op­er­at­ing deficit, cost­ing $9.30 per ton to op­er­ate.

The con­ve­nience cen­ters are lo­cated through­out the county and are open Tues­day through Fri­day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Satur­day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. A list of lo­ca­tion ad­dresses can be found at www.co.new­ton.ga.us/de­part­ments/land­fill/re­cy­cling-cen­ters.

Jackie Gutknecht | The Cov­ing­ton News

A bin at one of the county’s trash col­lec­tion con­ve­nience cen­ters. To use the cen­ters, New­ton County res­i­dents are now re­quired to have a hang tag, which cost $50.

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