COLUMN: Fall solid waste efforts

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By Curtis Ochs

We are seeing the weeks fly by at an alarming rate. Christmas will soon be here. We have an overload of planning we must do now to make it work in the near future.
On that note, we are now in the middle of our Fall Rumpke Curbside Junk Pickup, with collection being your normal garbage collection day. This is also the week for you non-profit groups to sign in for the fall state-funded Litter Abatement Roadside Cleanup. The pickup schedule will be from Monday, Oct. 17 (the beginning of fall break for students) through Saturday, Nov. 5. Remember, you must turn in your report form to get paid for your efforts,
Last, but not least, a very important event is provided by the state of Kentucky – that is the waste tire amnesty program that is this week, Thursday through Saturday. The State Highway Department Garage on Townhill Road (Ky. 3200) will be the drop off site, with staff available to help with the unloading of your scrap tires. This is for citizens only, no retailers/dealers allowed.
We have made great strides in holding down the amount of litter occurring in Spencer County, but we have been overlooking the possibly largest illegal dump in the county.
It has gradually been revealed that Salt River is lined for miles with old waste tires. We are now working with the state to create a plan for eliminating the waste tires and other junk from what should be one of our outstanding features, a clean, clear river.
On that note, if you own a farm adjacent to Salt River, would you be agreeable to allowing ingress and egress to the river for the purpose of eliminating the junk and litter? If so, give me a call at the office, 477-3218.
Keep up the good work. Watch for dumpers.