Letter to the Editor

Follow the rules when dumping your trash

Thursday, March 29, 2018

To the Editor:

The State’s new slogan “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” is here to stay and we hope that each individual will do their part. Police officers/troopers are writing tickets for trash, bagged or not, in open truck beds and trailers. Have you received your ticket yet? In an effort to be proactive, Bedford County Solid Waste distributed free tarps at the convenience centers with the logo “Tarp It or Ticket” for this purpose. These tarps were paid for with funds from our TDOT Litter Grant. People are not utilizing these tarps. Our litter crews are picking up an average of 11,000 pounds of trash each month on our county roads. A lot of this is furniture, mattresses, tires, fencing material, even piles of cat litter which did not blow out of a vehicle or trailer, it was intentionally thrown out. You know who you are and when we catch you, and we will, you will be prosecuted. There can be jail time and a hefty fine. We do have surveillance cameras in several areas. There is no excuse other than people do not take pride in their county or their state as to how this looks to visitors coming into the area and to our residents who live here.

The county has eight convenience centers located throughout the county and the tire depot. This is more than most counties of our size and population. We have four trucks each running approximately three to four loads per day plus our metal bins. We dispose of our refuse at the Middle Point Landfill in the northern part of Rutherford County (Walter Hill) so the round trip is a lengthy one plus the wait time to empty. Our drivers do an exceptional job.

The convenience center attendants also do a great job at keeping centers cleaned and providing assistance when needed to individuals. Individuals have to comply with what the attendants are asking them to do. We have to be able to tarp the furniture and metal bins so items cannot be piled where we are not able to tarp these loads. We cannot have items set on the ground because of compliance issues with the state. We just finished a training session on what the state inspectors will be looking for in regard to violations at the centers. The attendants have to be certified each year in this training. Safety is our first priority at the centers. We realize that the centers do at times become congested but please heed all signs and follow instructions from the attendants. Our trucks have to be able to empty containers so please give them the space they need.

The centers are here for household garbage not brush, wood, tires, plastic car parts, construction debris or items that do not fall into accepted items. If in doubt, please call the office for clarification, 684-4651, or ask the center attendant. If items going to the centers are in good shape pass them on to Good Will, Good Samaritan, or to someone who can repurpose the item or fix. Whatever we can divert from the landfills will help us in the future.

Latex paint can be taken to the Shelbyville Transfer Station for disposal. They will also be accepting, on a trial basis, oil based paint only on Fridays, 3 gallon limit starting April 7, 2018. This will be for city and county residents only, no commercial accounts.

We need every one’s assistance to recycle as much as possible. The county is spending about $35,000 per month for trash disposal and to dispose of items from which we once received revenues.

Bedford County Solid Waste appreciates your cooperation in keeping our county and state a beautiful place to live, remember “Nobody Trashes Tennessee”.

The House Hold Hazardous Waste Event will be held Saturday, April 28th., 8:00 A.M. until Noon

at the Big Springs Shopping Center parking lot. No paint will be taken at this event.

Diane Forbes

Bedford Co. Solid Waste Coordinator

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