GATE CITY — Change is coming to Scott County’s solid waste site on East Carters Valley Road.
To stop overnight dumping from contractors and Tennessee residents, the Scott County Board of Supervisors voted during its meeting on Wednesday to close the site during overnight hours, when an attendant is not present.
Bill Dingus, assistant administrator and director of public works, said overfilling at the East Carters Valley Road site has been an issue for the last several weeks and has reached the point where it has backed up operations at the county’s other waste sites.
“It doesn’t seem to be just household (waste),” Dingus said. “It’s contractors that are coming over and just filling stuff up. … Not only is it taking space from our citizens, but it’s making it very difficult for our tractor trucks to get a full load because they can’t pack the stuff that’s being put in there.”
Dingus added that the county made a similar change to operations at its Yuma waste site, which he said has “worked pretty well.”
The East Carters Valley Road site will now be closed from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., effective Aug. 13. Signs have been posted at the site to alert residents of the change.
Some supervisors, including Danny Mann, Marshall Tipton and Chairman David Redwine, said it was unfortunate that Scott County citizens had to be punished for the problem. At the same time, they agreed that change was necessary to keep waste from coming across the state line.
“We’re paying to get rid of all the trash in Bloomingdale,” Redwine said, “and we just cannot physically and financially handle the solid waste problems of Bloomingdale and that area.”