GARNER – The Hancock County Board of Supervisors is warning the public the free recycling drop-off points for rural residents may be closed if people don't follow the rules.
These sites are located at Kanawha, Crystal Lake, Miller and Klemme. Dumpsters have been placed there so rural residents can put recyclables in them.
However, "they are turning into trash receptacles," said Supervisor Gary Rayhons during the July 1 board meeting.
People have been placing non-recyclable items such as yard waste and even motor oil in the dumpsters, according to Rayhons.
"It's getting to be ridiculous," said Supervisor Sis Greiman.
Rayhons suggested putting a notice in the local newspapers telling residents to only drop off recyclable items, and to put those items inside the containers instead of stacking them on top of the containers or on the ground around them.
The notice also states if residents continue to violate the rules, "the county may be forced to remove the containers and residents who wish to recycle will have to find other alternatives at their expense."
Rayhons also said he's made two signs telling people to follow the rules that could be placed at the Miller and Crystal Lake drop-off points if the other two supervisors approve. He said he's willing to donate the labor and materials for making the signs.
Greiman and the third supervisor, Jerry Tlach, said they are in favor of the signs.
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County Recorder Tracy Marshall said her husband takes their recyclables to the Klemme drop-off point, but nine times out of 10 he brings them back home because the container is full.
She asked how often the receptacles are emptied. The supervisors said this happens once a week.
Marshall said people who put items in the dumpsters may not know what is recyclable and what is not. She suggested adding that information in the newspaper notice.
Rayhons said he believes those who truly want to recycle are following the rules, but those putting in non-recyclables just don't want to pay to get rid of them.
Greiman said the supervisors have considered going back to curbside recycling for rural residents, but it is expensive.
She also said it would be good to explain in the notice what is allowed to be left at the drop-off points and what is not.
Rayhons added language to the notice stating those residents who are not sure what items are recyclable should visit the Waste Management website, wm.com, for a complete list.
The notice also reminds people that the containers are for the use of rural residents only.