The four sites are at 40 Ladd’s Mountain Road; 15 Cedar Creek Road; 48 Industrial Drive; and the Bartow County Landfill at 36 Allatoona Dam Road. The four compactors were selected, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor said, because they were the busiest sites in the county. The sites will be open Sundays through the end of December and throughout all of 2014.
“We [were] getting a lot of calls from the public wanting the compactor sites open on Sunday because, for a lot of our citizens, that’s the only day that they can really get to the compactor sites,” he said. “And I felt that it also helped keep the county clean, as we had more access to the compactor sites. These people would be — a lot of people are more apt to clean up and carry their garbage home on the day that they clean up. We felt that was another reason to open them.
“Of course we only opened our four most-visited sites. ... Now, later on we may start opening maybe a couple more in the future, but maybe someday all of them in the county will be back open on Sunday.”
Rip Conner, director of Bartow County Solid Waste, said the compactors had been shut down on Sundays four years ago to compensate for the shrinking budget. He asked county residents to bring household garbage or recyclables only if they make a drop-off on Sunday.
“If we could just hold the stuff, the household garbage and just put it in the compactors. I’d hate to have folks bring out these large loads and we’d have to turn them away just because they’re too big. But if we can, just limit everything to household garbage,” Conner said.
The total cost to open the four sites is approximately $45,000 for all of 2014, Taylor said.
“That’s not a big cost to open them, and we think we can just keep our community a lot cleaner by getting these sites open,” he said.
In addition to finding the extra space in the budget, Taylor said the solid waste budget was seeing increased revenues from service fees and accepting larger volume from commercial customers. These additional revenues will go toward to the $45,000 expense, he said.
“So the ’14 budget, we anticipate actually not impacting the budget hardly at all because of additional revenues that we’re anticipating coming into the solid waste budget,” Taylor said.
Looking ahead to the holidays, Conner said all compactor sites will be open Christmas Eve until noon. The sites will be closed Christmas day, and reopen at 7 a.m. Dec. 26, 27 and 28. Compactors at Ladd’s Mountain, Cedar Creek Road, Industrial Drive and the landfill will be open their Sunday hours as well, he added.