By Jefferson Weaver
A misunderstanding about Columbus County solid waste policies upset some county residents last week.
The county requires all household garbage to be picked up via rollout container or transported to the transfer station at the county landfill, according to Harold Nobles, director of Solid Waste. While recyclables, scrap metal, brown goods and white goods (appliances), broken down cardboard, electronics and other items are accepted at the seven sites, residential garbage is not.
Several residents of the east end of the county contacted the newspaper and county commissioners last week after workers at the Byrdville Recycle Center refused to allow them to deposit bagged garbage there. Commissioner Edwin Russ took to social media to explain the county policy.
“I have had several citizens contact me regarding the Byrdville recycling center,” Russ wrote. “The purpose of the recycling center is to provide citizens a way to help with the disposal and recycling of household solid waste materials. The recycling facilities help the county comply with mandates and laws regarding waste reduction.”
Nobles said customers may contact the county office for additional information. He also said recycling is encouraged, due to the reduction in the amount of waste, which in turn reduces the cost to taxpayers in the long run.
“We have a list of what can and cannot be dropped off on our website, and it’s also available at our office,” Nobles said. “We understand it takes some extra effort for some of our residents, due to work or where they live. That’s one reason for the rollout containers.”
Prohibiting household garbage at the recycling centers helps cut down on odors, runoff and vermin, Nobles explained.
Amanda Davis of the Solid Waste department said some new employees at the Byrdville site were not fully aware of the rules, but all employees have been reminded that household garbage is not accepted at any of the county sites.
“That’s been taken care of,” she said. “We apologize for any misunderstanding, but the rules say no household garbage. That’s why we have the pickup.”
More information can be found online at www.columbusco.org/departments/solid-waste.