So folks here mostly burn their yard waste these days since the county landfill and other disposal sites charge $4 per cubic yard to dispose it. Disposal used to be free of charge. Problem was that the cost to run the landfill and disposal sites over the years was rising, and elected leaders did not raise the parcel tax that supports those operations. So the county five years ago started the fee and we’ve all been breathing a lot more smoke ever since.
In an effort to reduce the pollution, the Solid Waste Division and Air Pollution Control District are for the second year offering an amnesty period this weekend. Folks can show up with up to four cubic yards and dispose it without a fee.
I just received the stats for last year’s amnesty, ie. the amount disposed: 85 cubic yards was collected over the 2 day event. Site Specifics: Rock Creek 45; Red Hill 24 and West Point was 16 cubic yards.
That’s not much in a county of probably more than 10,000 households, each of which yields at least some yard waste, leaves, brush trimmings, etc. County officials hope this year’s amnesty does more.