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County prepares for rubbish site change
by Jebb Johnston
Jul 25, 2013 | 71 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alcorn County’s changeover from the landfill to the transfer station for rubbish disposal is coming up next Thursday.

Purchase Clerk Paul Rhodes said the county wants to remind residents of the change and notify them of a slight difference in hours that comes as Waste Connections begins handling rubbish disposal at the transfer station.

Hours will extend slightly compared to those that were offered at the landfill on Proper Street. At the transfer station on South Harper, hours will be 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Residents will pay a $5 fee for disposal of normal loads while those bringing larger loads will pay a tipping fee of $22.98 per ton.

Waste Connections is preparing the transfer station for opening, and the county is moving some equipment from there to the landfill where it will be cleaned up and likely sold. The county also continues to work on covering rubbish at the Proper Street landfill with dirt in preparation for closing the site. It will remain available for emergency use only, such as major storms.

Some of the workers affected by the landfill closing will move to the county’s sanitation operation.

Collecting and disposing of about 5,400 tons per year, the county has been paying $45 to haul and dispose waste. The new rate of $22.98 per ton is expected to save the county $120,000 per year. The closing of the rubbish site is expected to save another $100,000 annually.

The residential garbage collection costs the county about $450,000 annually.
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