Events scheduled to clean up illegal dumping, promote recycling in Carter County

John Thompson • Apr 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

ELIZABETHTON — The tradition of spring cleaning has grown into a community event, with private organizations and local government working together to help clean up illegal dumping and to promote recycling.

This year there will be at least a half dozen community spring cleaning events, beginning this weekend.

An electronic waste collection will kick off the series of events on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The collection will be held at the Carter County Recycling Center, located on Cherokee Drive in the Cherokee Industrial Park. The electronic waste collected will include televisions, computers and other electronic equipment.

The biggest spring cleaning event takes place April 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carter County Landfill off Minton Hollow Road. Just in time for all the spring cleaning projects, the landfill is waiving the disposal fees on all residential garbage and trash. The free service includes the disposal of up to eight tires for private cars or trucks. Fees will not be waived for commercial or agricultural tires.

Every year Carter Countians take advantage of the annual fee waiver to dispose of trash and clutter. Last year, one resident even took advantage of the free days to dispose of an old boat.

The first commercially sponsored event is a free shredding day for residential documents that are no longer needed. The event will be April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Carter County Bank’s Village Branch location, 800 Broad St. The bank is providing the service because documents with personal information such as checking account numbers and Social Security numbers should be shredded to prevent the information from falling into the wrong hands. The bank’s motto for the service is “shred the hopes of ID thieves.”

Also on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a collection point for the safe disposal of prescription medicine that is no longer needed. The event will be held at the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce on U.S. Highway 19E.

The oldest of the annual community clean up events is the Carter County Clean Streams cleanup, which will be held May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at the Covered Bridge Park. Every year, the event removes tons of trash and debris from the county’s streams.

The final event of the season will be the household hazardous waste collection, which will take place at the Carter County Recycling Center on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chemicals normally used in residences will be collected with the exception of paint.

There will be plenty of activity and work involved in the various projects. Volunteer groups will take an active part in some of the efforts and trusties from the Carter County Jail will provide needed manpower for the free days at the landfill.

Carter County Landfill Director Benny Lyons has established a second recycling center in the landfill to go along with the recycling center in the Cherokee Industrial Park. Landfill Committee Chairman Joel Street and the other members of the committee have worked to get a recycling program started in every county school and will soon be extending the effort to city schools. Children are being taught to recycle their waste paper and learning about the importance of recycling other items.

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