UNION COUNTY — The days will change but the hours of operation will remain the same at the county’s four largest recycling convenience centers.
At the end of June, Union County had 11 recycling convenience centers, many of them open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and on Sunday afternoon. Others operated on different schedules, but all were closed on Wednesdays.
Earlier that month, however, Supervisor Tommy Sinclair announced that, beginning July 1, the days and hours of operation at the 10 of the centers would be changed. The Bonham (S.C. 18), Monarch (Old Landfill), Jonesville, and Southside (Airport Road) centers would be open Monday, Friday, and Saturday; the Carlisle and Kelton centers Tuesday and Thursday; the Santuc, Lockhart, and Cross Keys centers on Thursday and Saturday; and the John Hart Road center on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. All would still be closed on Wednesday and the new hours of operation would be 10 a.m-7 p.m.
(Sinclair said the 11th center, located on South Pinckney Street next to the Union County Communications Department, would be closed at the end of June due to a lack of use.)
The purpose of these changes was to reduced the costs the county incurs providing recycling convenience services by an estimated $145,000 while continuing to provide those services.
A little more than two months after the new schedule was implemented, Union County Council voted unanimously Wednesday to amend it by changing the the days some of the centers operate.
Councilman Ben Ivey moved that the days the county four largest recycling convenience centers — Bonham, Monarch, Jonesville, and Southside — be changed from Monday, Friday, and Saturday to Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. In addition to changing the days of operation, Ivey’s motion also called for the hours of operation to be changed from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. to 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ivey said the proposed changes were the result of feedback the county has received from the public.
“Originally, when we were trying to be conservative with our taxpayers’ money, to achieve a savings, we evaluated each individual site for daily tonnage and the committee reviewed it,” Ivey said. “After the committee reviewed the information we chose to make changes for a temporary time to get feedback from the public. After weeks of usage and hearing the replies the committee reevaluated and presented to council the date changes as well as the hours.”
Ivey added that changing the hours of operations would not change the cost of operating the centers or the savings the county is projected to realize. He said it would, however, keep the centers from having to operate in the dark when winter arrives.
While she supported changing the days the center are in operation, council member Joan Little opposed changing the hours. Little said she has received calls from people who work outside Union County who already have difficulty getting their garbage and recyclables to the centers when they are open. She said the hours of operation proposed in the motion would make it even more difficult for them to get to the centers in the evening.
The motion was then amended to change the days the four centers are open but leave the hours operation the same.
Ivey added that more changes could possibly be made in the future, but that this will depend on input from the public.
“Based on the change that we voted to make, if in the future we see we need to make additional adjustments it will be based on the feedback from the taxpayers,” Ivey said.
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