03/18/04 — Landfill amnesty day set

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Landfill amnesty day set

By Matt Shaw
Published in News on March 18, 2004 2:02 PM

Wayne County residents can complete some long-delayed household cleanups next month and save money at the same time.

The county commissioners have declared Saturday, April 17, as "Amnesty Day" at the county landfill on South Landfill Road. From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. that day, the county is waiving the normal tipping fees for all county residents. The offer, however, excludes commercial waste haulers.

This primarily benefits people who want to throw out wood, bricks, limbs, yard waste and contruction debris, all of which the landfill typically accepts but with a fee. The landfill already accepts furniture, white goods and tires for free.

The landfill never accepts liquids or hazardous wastes, and Amnesty Day is no exception.

The commissioners set the day in conjunction with "Litter Sweep in Wayne County," which is scheduled April 17-30. The county is asking all Adopt-A-Highway groups to clean their road sections during this time.

The county manager's office is organizing a cleanup of several roads on Saturday, April 17. Individuals, corporations and businesses, civic clubs, churches, youth groups and other organizations are now registering to take part.

Litter Sweep volunteers will meet at the Wayne County Courthouse at 8 a.m. on the Ormond Street side. Safety vests, bags, pickup sticks and latex gloves will be distributed, and transportation will be provided to designated areas. Groups also will have the option to pre-register and get supplies earlier.

Everyone will be transported back to the courthouse for a box lunch and a brief closing ceremony at 11:15 a.m.

The Litter Sweep is a joint effort by Wayne County, the city of Goldsboro, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Keep Wayne County Beautiful. Register by Friday, April 9, by calling the county manager's office at 731-1435 or register on line at www.waynegov.com/litter.asp.