Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

January 30, 2013

County explains ordinance

VALDOSTA — Residents who remained uncertain about the new county ordinance concerning trash disposal asked The Times to find answers to their many questions. These were compiled and submitted to the county, and are included on today’s front page.

In a nutshell, the recycling centers are closing, Advanced Disposal is the only waste collection company authorized to do business in unincorporated Lowndes County, and your choice is to either contract with them or not to produce any household waste. There are no other options.

Household waste cannot be burned; you cannot take it to the landfill as a private citizen; you cannot dump it illegally; and you cannot contract with another company.

Yard waste can be burned on the first and third Saturdays, with a burn permit only, you can leave it by the curb at designated times for Advanced Disposal, but for any bulk items, the company has to be contacted to remove the items as a special request.

The county has been studying and discussing this issue for the better part of a decade. There is no way to run the recycling centers on a break-even basis, they’ve been losing money for years, and in an era of austere budget cuts, the centers were the likeliest target.

It’s a shame that they are closing, and it’s a shame that the county couldn’t have kept at least one site open for yard waste and certain types of recyclables that might have had the chance to at least offset the cost to collect them, but the decision has been made and it’s time to move on.

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