Monday, June 10, 2013

Trash update

Goochland’s central convenience center off of Fairground Road will soon have a new look. When delivering your solid waste, AKA trash, you may have noticed signs announcing forthcoming improvements.

County Administrator Rebecca Dickson, with the help of David Lloyd, who oversees the county’s convenience centers, explained the upgrade to the Supervisors at their June 4 meeting.

As part of a newly renegotiated contract with the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority, approximately $340,000 worth of improvements will be made to the Fairground Road facility in the next 60 days or so.

Traffic flow at the site will be improved by having both an entrance and exit.  The little building currently located in the center of the site will be removed. Three additional compactor stations will be added to reduce waiting time. Areas designated for recycling will be easier to access. Deposit stations for hazardous items like old paint will be easier to find. These improvements will make trash runs more efficient for citizens.

Lloyd explained that little had been done to the central convenience center in about two decades.

The best news is that, even with the upgrade costs, the county will realize a $100,000 annual reduction in its solid waste contract expense. Over the ten year life of the contract, the county will save $1 million.

Goochland has two convenience centers, the other located on Hadensville-Fife Road, north of Whitehall Road.

Seeking ways to cut the cost of services, the county closed the Central Convenience Center on Thursdays and the western facility on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. These days were selected because they had the least “business.” The closure policy is not expected to change. Tipping fees, charges to use the convenience center, do not seem to have been considered by the supervisors as a part of their budget deliberations.

Additional drop off stations and better traffic flow will make trash runs easier.

For a schematic of the proposed changes and details of the contract—posted in its entirety—see pages 125-142 of the June 4 board packet available on the county website:

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