Hopkins County Community clean up days offered free for all county residents in April

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Mar. 18, 2007 - If you’ve got a bunch of old junk laying around that needs to be disposed of you’ll soon have a chance to get rid of it, along with any other household items too big for regular trash pick up stacking up at residences. Got hazardous liquids  like paint, pesticides, herbicides and freon? No problem. 

Hopkins County will be utilizing a $24,000 litter abatement grant awarded to the environmental program by Ark-Tex Council of Governments for community clean up efforts. The funds will pay for dumpsters, provided by a certified landfill provider, according to Hopkins County Environmental Quality Investigator Holly Rosamond.

The clean up days are for all Hopkins County residents, and all hard household items can be taken to any of the four county precinct locations free of charge on the specified times. Liquid and chemical items, however, will only be accepted at the Precinct 2 County Barn, which will be open for all clean up drop-offs Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

�If you�re a county resident, and you have tires, old batteries, used appliances or household items you can take them to one of the community clean up sites and get rid of it, free of charge. So, there will be no reason after this cleanup that these items should be found dumped on county roads or household items dumped in creeks,� Rosamond said.

While the clean up is being offered free of charge, it will be limited only to Hopkins County residents. No one outside the county will be allowed to dump their items. No commercial haulers will be allowed to leave items at the dump sites either. And, personnel manning the cleanup sites won’t be checking for precinct residence either. Items can be taken to any dump site.

�It�s open to all residents at all sites for all residential trash, with the exception of liquids which will only be accepted at Precinct 2. So, say you are designated as living in Precinct 2 but the county headquarters are way on the other side of the precinct. You can take your trash to Precinct 1 or 3 if its closer. Or even Precinct 4, if you want,� Rosamond explained.

Precinct 1’s dumpster will be located at 5516 State Highway 19 south, 5 miles south of Interstate 30 in the Shirley community. Residential items may be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

Precinct 2 is located 2 miles east of Como on State Highway 11 east, and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21.

The community clean up dumpster in Precinct 3 will set up on County Road 3564, 1/4 mile west of FM 69, Friday, April 20, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Precinct 4 site will be located at the county barn 2 miles south of State Highway 11 on FM 2653, about three miles north of I-30 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

For more information about the Hopkins County Community Clean Up call Environmental Quality officials at 903-348-0523 or 903-885-2732, County Judge Cletis Millsap at 903-438-4006, or a county commissioner.

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