New Convenience Center workers receive training
Around a dozen new temporary county staff members were trained Monday in the operation of Newton County’s 11 Trash Collection Convenience Centers.
The eleven new employees, assigned by Focus of Georgia staffing, will officially began work Tuesday, Feb. 7, providing a seamless transition for residents who utilize the county’s Convenience Centers. In fact, five of the employees worked as operators of the centers under the county’s previous contractor.
Newton County elected to not renew its contract with Junior Hilliard Services in the fall of 2016, and that contract ended Saturday. In order to keep the centers open, the county elected to utilize a staffing company — Focus, which has a contract bided out by the state — for operation through June 30.
The new employees gathered at the Newton County landfill to learn the ins and outs of the county’s Convenience Centers from Landfill Director Kevin Walter.
Walter went over the history of the centers, the location of each site and what materials were to be accepted. Types of waste accepted are household garbage, bulk waste, yard waste, cans, plastic bottles, glass, newspaper, cardboard and metal. The types of waste prohibited are hazardous wastes, used oil, car batteries, mercury batters, paint and liquid wastes.
The employees are required to know those lists and enforce what is disposed of by county residents.
The employees were told that only county residents with vehicle hang tags are permitted to use the centers. Walter told each new employee to enforce the hang tags respectively, and safely. If anyone presents a problem or becomes threatening, he said, to call 911.
“Your safety is No. 1,” Walter said.
Hang tags, which went on sale in Sept. cost $50 through June 30 and can be purchased at the Newton County Fire Services Headquarters, 4136 Highway 278, Covington.
Employees of the convenience centers were also told to make sure users did not operate the centers’ compactors. When trash bins begin to get filled, the operators are to compact the trash. When the compacted trash reaches maximum capacity the operators are then to call the landfill and a truck will be dispatched to replace the full trash bin with an empty one.
Several Newton County Landfill truck drivers were also on hand during the training to answer questions. Following the training at the landfill, the new employees went to their assigned centers for a tour of the site.
The hours of each center are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The centers locations are as follows:
Piper Road/Highway 36 – 10545 Highway 36
Bypass/Flat Shoals – 11575 Covington Bypass Road
Stewart VFD – 14645 Highway 36
Stone Road – 70 Stone Road
Highway 212/Highway 162 – 2010 Highway 212
Hazelbrand Road – 11585 Hazelbrand Road
McGiboney Road – 518 McGiboney Road
Oak Hill Road- 112 Oak Hill Road
Adams Circle – 2010 Adams Circle
Dial Mill Road – 325 Dial Mill Road