Whitfield Public Works Crews Help Bulky Waste Roundup

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Whitfield County Public Works crews recently helped with the annual Bulky Waste Roundup event, where residents were invited to dispose of their bulky waste and electronics for free.

Some 566 Whitfield County residents participated, dropping off more than 55 tons of items at Eastbrook, North Whitfield, and Westside middle schools on June 21 to be properly disposed of or recycled by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority.

The county has worked with the DWSWA for at least 15 years in support of the annual cleanup day, according to Terry Bryson, who coordinates the effort for Public Works.

“Terry does a great job lining up 16 to 18 volunteers to work on a Saturday,” Public Works Director DeWayne Hunt said. “They do get paid, but the guys give up their Saturday to help out. That’s a big deal to get that many volunteers.”

Mr. Bryson and his crews, which also included community service workers, were stationed at the three locations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and helped hundreds of residents unload their waste items, then load them onto backhoes to be dumped into dump trucks. Public Works also helped sort out TVs and  computers to be recycled.

“Our guys all did a great job,” Mr. Bryson said. “For instance, at North Whitfield, I think there were 121 or 122 cars that came through there in a matter of four hours. Matter of fact, we had to just cut it off about 1:30 p.m. because there were so many cars, we knew we couldn’t get them unloaded and out of there because we knew the landfill closed at 3 p.m.  At Westside, there were 112 cars that came through, and we had another 77 at Eastbrook.”

Liz Swafford, coordinator of the Recycling & Education Program at the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, thanked the county for helping with the roundup again this year.

Mr. Bryson said Public Works crews will also be helping with the Conasauga River Alliance Cleanup in Oct.




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