Changes coming to Convenience Centers
To better serve its citizens Newton County is changing how it operates its Trash Collection Convenience Centers for waste disposal and recycling.
There will be five fully-operational centers and one recycling-only center open in Newton County starting July 1, 2017.
These centers will be provided to citizens for $145 a year beginning July 1. Newton County residents will also have the option to obtain entry to the one recycling center for just $24 a year.
The one specialized recycling center is new to Newton County’s waste collection. This center will be particularlly useful for citizens who already receive curbside pickup that does not include recycling or the collection of yard waste. This option is also useful for those who frequently recycle and wish to take the rest of their trash directly to the Newton County landfill. Citizens who purchase the $145 hang tag will have access to this center, along with the five other centers that will also take recyclables and yard waste, along with municipal trash.
The five full-service centers — Adams Circle, Stone Road, Stewart, Piper Road/36 and Oak Hill — are positioned in strategic georgraphical areas throughout the county in order to be easily accessible for every Newton County resident. The Bypass Road center will be designated for recycling only.
Vehicle hang tags will be available for these centers starting in Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Newton County residents can obtain the tags online, through the mail or in person at the Newton County Historic Courthouse, 1124 Clark Street, Covington, GA, 30014. Questions can be directed to 404-922-1545..
The changes were approved during the Newton County Solid Waste Authority’s (SWA) regular meeting Thurday, May 18. The SWA also approved a change in the hours of the centers to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For those wishing to take their trash directly to the landfill, there will be a base charge of $15 for the first 500 pounds. Tipping fees will be $39 per ton for more than 500 pounds with charges rounded up to the nearest dollars. This will go into effect July 1, 2017.
“These changes will give Newton County residents a choice for waste disposal and recycling,” said Newton County Solid Waste Manager Kevin Walter, who presented the plan to the SWA. “Citizens can choose between continuing using the convenience centers, choosing a curbside pickup company and suplementing that with a recycling only hang tag, or bringing their waste directly to the landfill.”
Thursday night’s decision is a result of months of discussion among county commissioners, citizens and solid waste authority members concerning the county’s convenience centers. The centers, created 25 years ago, were draining around $2 million from the tax-payer funded general fund and these changes now drastically reduce that loss.