Big Changes Announced To Upcoming Countywide Cleanup: Proof Of County Residency Required, More
Must Be A Scott Waste Customer, Dumpsters To Be Placed At Only One Location
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The annual Countywide Cleanup event has been scheduled for April 2nd through the 7th this year, but big changes have been made to the program that has been littered with all sorts of trouble for county officials, fire department personnel, and those trying to utilize the service over the years.
For the past several years, Scott Waste has provided dumpsters at each Edmonson County fire department during the event, which allows county residents to dump their trash and unwanted items not normally placed in their regular trash cans. Most all items are allowed, including large items and furniture; however, dumping tires, paint, and other chemicals have always been prohibited.
Last year, county officials said the program was grossly abused as each fire department was left with a huge mess after program users failed to follow the rules of the event that specifically stated no dumping on the ground and dumpsters cannot be filled over level-full. Several fire departments spoke out against the program and some even wanted the program scrapped altogether.
Many users of the program were unhappy because a large number said that the dumpsters stayed too full for most residents to use. Some said they cleaned up at their homes to haul a truck or trailer-full of junk to the dumpster only to find that there was no place available to dump the trash; yet they dumped it anyway because they had no other place to leave it.
Scott Waste provides the dumpsters at no additional cost to the county or residents; however, all Edmonson County Scott Waste customers pay for the service anyway. While there is no separate charge on the bill, it's all lumped together.
This year, the county has made big changes to the program in order to keep fire department volunteers from dealing with the huge mess and to ensure that Edmonson County residents who pay for monthly Scott Waste services are the only ones benefiting from the program.
Edmonson County Solid Waste Coordinator Mike Clubb said he and Judge Executive Wil Cannon have worked in conjunction with local fire departments and Scott Waste to make changes to the program.
No more dumpsters will be placed at fire departments. There will be one location only during this year's event, which is the rock quarry location at Kyrock, near the Kyrock firehouse. Hours for the program will be Monday through Friday, (4/2-4/6) 7:30am - 5pm, and on Saturday (4/7) 7:30am - 3pm. Access to the dumpsters will be secured by a locked gate after hours, with no exceptions.
In addition, anyone wishing to dump trash must first show proof of residency of Edmonson County, most easily done with a valid driver's license or other photo ID with an Edmonson County address. Users must also provide a recent Scott Waste bill or other proof from Scott showing that the user is a current customer.
"We know that some people aren't going to like this year's regulations and restrictions, but this program was always intended to serve Edmonson County residents only who are Scott Waste customers," said Mike Clubb. "We can't ask Scott Waste to do more than their part of the agreement, and our fire departments aren't responsible for this cleanup. In order to prevent illegal dumping and other problems, these are the changes necessary to keep this program here."
Clubb also said video surveillance will be utilized in order to monitor proper use of the dump site. He also said no one is allowed to enter the dumpsters.
Large items like furniture and mattresses are still allowed, but they must be placed inside the dumpster and cannot exceed the level-full line. No dumping on the ground will be allowed, with no exceptions, and tires, paints, and other chemicals are still prohibited.
3/2/2018 03:03:45 pm
So Brownsville residents cannot participate in the county wide cleanup!?!?
3/2/2018 04:47:52 pm
So because my trash bill is included in my city water bill I cannot participate? That doesn't seem fair to anyone that lives in Brownsville City limits...
3/2/2018 04:51:17 pm
The city has it's own clean up event. they put dumpsters out there at the old sewing factory next to the library. geez people ya'll act like this is the most important thing thats ever come to edmonson county. who cares
3/2/2018 04:52:18 pm
The city has there own cleanup
3/2/2018 05:44:43 pm
Will there be men there to help with big items like the past years?
3/5/2018 06:27:29 pm
Charles E Peck
3/2/2018 09:08:24 pm
What about those who own property, lets say, around Nolin Lake who don't live in Edmonson County full-time but have service with Scott Waste? How about a tax bill from the Edmonson property and a Scott Waste bill from that property?
3/6/2018 09:12:35 am
Charles you should be fine if you have proof of trash collection and a tax bill receipt
3/3/2018 09:06:04 am
I said this last year, and I'll say it again. PLAN BETTER! The county and the fire depts got mad because the free service they advertised worked too well for them. If you're gonna advertise something for the whole county to use, then have enough dumpsters there to use. Dont get mad at citizens due to your poor planning when they have to leave trash beside a full dumpster. I'd like to see the weight totals for this year in relation to last, to see if Will Cannon's excuses of people outside the county were using the dumpsters is true. It's a long dang way to Kyrock VFD from Warren, Grayson, Hart, or Butler county. If they require identification this year, and they take in nearly the same amount, then we know who we can blame, and it's not the disrespectful EC residents.
4/3/2018 04:38:23 pm
Took a load today and the only problem I had was finding it. You turn into the Kyrock Fire department parking lot and the gravel road is in the back. 6 to 7 large dumpsters on site with 3 men who helped me unload. Piece of cake. Thanks to Scott Waste for the easy access.
4/5/2018 11:26:52 am
Thank you, Odis Allen for this info, we had difficulty in finding the location also.
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