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Free residential curbside pickup of recyclables will end Aug. 2, members of the Anderson County Fiscal Court’s “green” committee said during its meeting Monday night.
The committee also revealed that recycling bins will be in place at each of the five public school buildings by Aug. 12, along with Kroger, Walmart, Glensboro Baptist Church and at the intersection of Highways 749 and 62.
Once in place, residents will no longer have their recyclables picked up at the curb, and are asked to transport them to one of the bins.
Businesses utilizing the county’s free recycling pickup service will not be affected.
Around 1,200 of the county’s 9,500 households are signed up for curbside pickup, about 850 of which are within city limits. Fifty-two businesses are also signed up for the service, according to documents distributed during Monday’s meeting.
The transition was discussed Monday night when committee members met in the county’s new recycling building, located on Versailles Road.
The building is not yet operational and must be finished by Aug. 31 to be in compliance with a state grant that helped launch the county’s new recycling model, according to Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway.
“[State officials] were kind enough to grant a two-month extension, but that’s it,” Conway said while telling committee members that electric and gas service are currently being installed and that he expects to meet the deadline.
The committee discussed several ways to kick off the changes, including advertising and by having a presence during upcoming events that include the sheriff’s office’s Cops and Rodders car show July 27, and the annual backpack giveaway at the middle school July 25.
Committee member and school district employee Ronnie Fields volunteered to use the district’s automated phone call system to alert what he said are about 3,500 families of the changes.
“It’s not just about having the [recycling] containers around,” said committee Chairman David Steedly. “It’s about having a presence.”
The end to curbside pickup isn’t the only change on its way. The fiscal court earlier this summer voted to start charging 5 cents per pound for items placed in the county’s compactor, along with yard debris and brush.
Conway said the fiscal court was scheduled to review bids on a set of scales that will be used to weigh materials before they are placed in the compactor or the debris pile — both of which are located near the county’s highway facility on Versailles Road.
Conway stressed that other items, including recyclables, appliances, carpet and tires will still be accepted at no charge,
Conway said more excavating needs to be done at the new recycling building to keep water from running toward it, and that asphalt will need to be laid, pending the approval of the fiscal court.