Carter County Landfill getting ready for two openings

John Thompson • Dec 2, 2019 at 8:40 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Planned openings of new landfill operations were the main topic of conversation in Monday’s meeting of the Carter County Commission’s Landfill Committee.

The free tipping day for the brand new Roan Mountain Convenience Station will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only established customers of the old convenience station will be able to dispose of their trash for free on the special day, as a way to thank them for their patience in waiting for the new station to come on line.

Since the county will have to pay to have the trash transported to its main transfer station, and then pay the regular disposal fees, there is a cost to the free day. But the county has realized significant savings. The convenience station was designed and largely built by architecture and engineering students of Daniel Arnett’s classes at Hampton High School.

The students also built the small office for the convenience station, including the bathroom of the building.

The other opening is still on track. The date for the deed transfer of Lewis Wood Products in the Cherokee Industrial Park remains Dec. 18. Landfill Manager Benny Lyons said the transfer of the facility to the county will mean work can then begin on converting the building into the county’s new recycling center. He said work on the conversion of the building won’t be done until after the new year.

Meanwhile, some recycling work has been resumed in the county at the old recycling center, which is located near the new center. The old center was put out of action when operations were disrupted by a fire in August.

Cardboard recycling is now taking place at the old recycling center for both the Carter County Landfill and the Elizabethton Street and Sanitation Department. Cardboard recycling will continue at the old location until the new center comes online.

Lyons said no decision has yet been reached on where to post the recycling bins that will be open to the public. He said two possible location for the bins could be either the old recycling center, where the bins once stood, or in the nearby cul-de-sac.