Sunday is officially Earth Day, and there will be many celebrations today and Sunday calling attention to the need to conserve, recycle and protect the vital resources of our planet. Earth Day is also a good time to discuss ways to keep our planet clean.
As we’ve said in this space many times before, it’s a shame to see local tax dollars that ought be going to fund schools, roads and other basic services spent to clean up discarded tires, old refrigerators and garbage dumped illegally in rural communities. Bags of garbage, sofas and old tires discarded by the roadside do not present a favorable first impression of our region to visitors.
Nobody likes cleaning up someone else’s mess. That’s particularly true of illegal dump sites. Sadly, we taxpayers bear the cost when it comes to cleaning up.
Carter County leaders have taken steps to reduce the amount of illegal dumping there by offering residents an alternative for ridding themselves of unwanted items.
Last week, county officials collected e-waste (old cell phones, computers and other electronic devices) at the Carter County Recycling Center, located in the Cherokee Industrial Park.
Today, the Carter County Landfill off Minton Hollow Road will be waiving the disposal fees on all residential garbage until the facility closes at 1 p.m.
The free service includes the disposal of up to eight tires for private cars or trucks.
The regular fees, however, will not be waived for commercial or agricultural tires.
As Elizabethton Bureau Chief John Thompson reported last week, many Carter Countians have taken advantage of the annual fee waiver to get rid of trash and clutter. He wrote that one resident even took advantage of the opportunity last year to dispose of an old boat.
But you don’t need an old boat to make a splash when it comes to spring cleaning in Carter County today. All you need is some filled trash bags and some gas to get to the landfill before closing time.
Washington County residents also have an opportunity to clean out their garages today. Household hazardous waste will be collected from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Daniel Boone High School.