Last year an overload of industrial waste slowed work at the McDuffie County Transfer Station so much so that commissioners cancelled Fall Trash Amnesty Day. But this year, workers are caught up, and the trash holiday is back.
"I do know that the Board of Commissioners likes the event and feels like it's a very good way to encourage folks to clean up," said County Manager Don Norton. "Probably my only hesitation is it tends to have people collect stuff until the two free days."
This Saturday, McDuffie citizens can drop off trash at the transfer station at no charge. Solid Waste Manager Don Clauson estimated that each of the events costs the county more than $6,000, but commissioners are willing to take the hit to clean up county roads and residents' yards.
"Generally it's seen as a very positive thing, and people like it," Mr. Norton said. "It probably saves us more than $6,000 on unnecessary litter and keeping the community looking as good as it possibly can."
Mr. Clauson agrees that the event is worthwhile.
"It's a good PR thing just to let them know that we are interested in getting the community clean," he said. "...We'd spend more than that having to go out in the woods and clean up illegal dump sites."
Commissioners considered a $200,000 expansion to the transfer station, but with the opening of Advanced Disposal on Columbia Road, a significant portion of industrial waste was taken off McDuffie County's hands.
This allowed Mr. Clauson to reinitiate the Spring Trash Amnesty Day in March 2006. The spring event is used as an incentive for citizens to cleanup the community prior to the Masters golf tournament.
On Saturday, the transfer station - located 4.5 miles west of Thomson on Mesena Road - will be open to accept household garbage from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Mr. Clauson expects between 150 to 200 tons of garbage to come through the gates during the event.
No tires, biomedical waste or asbestos will be accepted, and commercial haulers will be charged as normal.
Officials are reminding citizens that trash must be covered and secured while being hauled.
Call 706-595-2374 for more information.