County-wide clean-up begins Monday

Eight sites set up to accept large waste items

From Staff Reports

August 15, 2008 - Hopkins County residents will have an opportunity to get rid of those large household items that have been collecting since spring next week during the community-wide clean up event hosted Aug. 18-22 at eight locations in Hopkins County.

The county was awarded grant funding earlier in the year from Ark-Tex Council of Governments, who was awarded funding from the state for such projects. The funding is a percentage of fees paid to landfills for disposal of items, according to Jerry Pierce with Hopkins County Environmental Quality office. This is the second of at least three county cleanups planned. The first was held this spring and a third is slated for spring 2009.

"They can bring large items such as couches and chairs, things they need to get rid of. We want to help with household cleaning, but we do have a limited budget. If there's no dumpster at the site, we ask they please don't leave things on the ground. There are a limited amount of dumpsters. We contracted with Duncan and Southern companies to provide dumpsters. Once dumpsters are filled and hauled off we may not be able to replace them. We'll try but it will depend on funding," Pierce said.

With the limited number of dumpsters and funding available, Pierce encourages those planning to dispose of items to come earlier rather than later in the week to drop them off. And if there's not dumpsters at the chosen location, the person can either call to find out if another dumpster will be made available later or go to one of the other sites as any site may be used regardless of the county resident's address.

And, if county resident miss out this time on they can always store up until the spring clean up.

While most items will be accepted, there are a few exceptions.

HCEQ office stresses that no commercial haulers will be allowed, nor will any liquid or tires be accepted. That means no pesticides, herbicides, paint, antifreeze, oils, gasoline, diesel or any other chemical or item that is liquid. Dried paint will be accepted at the collection sites but it must be dried in an open can.

Collections sites will be hosted in each of the four county precincts as well as in Sulphur Springs, Cumby, Como and Tira. Be sure to check locations and times as at least one varies from the rest. Collection sites, locations and contact information are as follows:

Precinct 1-- Directions: from Interstate 30, travel 4.8 miles on State Highway 19 south, location on right; Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18 through Thursday, Aug. 21

Precinct 2 -- Directions: from Wal-Mart, take State Highway 11 east to Como, go through the city limits, barn is 2.3 miles on left; Commissioner Burke Bullock, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Aug. 18-22

Precinct 3 -- Directions: from Interstate 30, take FM 69 north, turn left on to County Road 3564, go around small turn in road, gate is on left side of road; Commissioner Don Patterson, Monday-Friday, Aug. 18-22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Precinct 4 -- Directions: from State Highway 11 west take a let at Fm 2653 south, 1.9 miles on right; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aug. 18-22

City of Sulphur Spring -- Directions: Carter Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, dumpster on empty lot with slab on northwest side of track; contact City Manager Marc Maxwell, 903-885-7541; Aug. 18-22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City of Cumby -- Directions: take FM 499 to Depot Street, turn right, right on Baker Street, dumpster next to fence away from road at water tower; contact, Angie at City Hall, 903-994-2272; Aug. 18-22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City of Como -- Directions: take State Highway 11 eats to Lafayette Street (second on right past Joe Bob's Convenience Store), dumpster at City Barn; contact City Hall, 903-488-3434; Aug. 18-22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tira City Hall -- Directions: from State Highway 19 north, turn right on FM 1536, go approximately 2.5 miles until Community Center visible on right, tin building is brownish colored; contact Floyd Payton, 903-945-3218; Aug. 18-22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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