CARTERS VALLEY — The public is invited to attend an open house and meet the new facility manager on Oct. 9 at the Allied Waste landfill on Carters Valley Road in Hawkins County.
The open house will also give the public a chance to meet the staff, learn more about what goes on at the landfill, and prepare the community for a name change that is the result of a 2008 merger.
Stephen Slater recently took over as general manager of the Carters Valley landfill after previously serving as assistant general manager of Republic Services’ Raleigh/Durham operations in North Carolina.
Allied Waste merged with Republic Services in 2008, although many communities, including the Tri-Cities, still recognize the company only as Allied Waste.
After the merger, Slater said, the companies became unified under the Republic Services name. He said the Carters Valley landfill soon will be changing signs, truck decals, driver uniforms, etc., to reflect the Republic Services name.
“We have been hosting open houses at the Carters Valley landfill annually since 2006, and periodically prior to that,” Slater said. “In the past we have hosted members of the local community, municipal leaders, customers and vendors. This is the first year that we have leveraged our different Chamber of Commerce memberships to also extend invitations to local Chamber members as well.”
Many people are unaware of what actually takes place at a landfill, and the open house will be an opportunity to educate the public on all that goes into the services provided, Slater said.
Several vendors and contractors also will be on site to discuss what they do in the daily management of a landfill, he added.
The open house also will include food, drinks and prizes.
It will take place on a Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., so lunch will be served. Landfill staff are grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.
“Allied Waste is an important part of Hawkins County and surrounding communities, providing necessary and valuable services to our customers and those communities,” Slater said. “We work with many local organizations, including Keep Kingsport Beautiful, Keep Bristol Beautiful, Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful, the Sullivan County Conservation Camp, and the Heritage Association of Rogersville. We also donate services and support for the Cherokee, South Holston and Boone Lake clean-ups. The open house is a way to directly connect with residents and businesses within our community.”