An equipment malfunction forced closure of the Solid Waste Transfer Station in Paris last week. That means if you don’t have a trash collection service, you will have to transport trash elsewhere to have it compressed and taken to a landfill.

According to Paris street department supervisor Larry Robberson, the equipment malfunction is due to age and worn out parts which means the compactor unit won’t function. The unit has also been leaking hydraulic fluid for a couple of years, he said, which will complicate a repair.

“We’ve been putting about 80 gallons of hydraulic fluid in it every week,” he said. “The spilled fluid has to be cleaned up and we’re awaiting permits from the Environmental Protection Agency to do that.”

Robberson said the city has been talking about replacing the unit for two years.

“It needs to be torn down and rebuilt,” Robberson said. “We have $130,000 budgeted to do this but how long it will be closed has yet to be determined. Presumably, we can open it back up next spring.”

In the meantime, Paris is transporting trash to a compactor in Ozark. Robberson didn’t know how much that will cost the city.

For those who will need to transport trash, Robberson had these suggestions:

The transfer station in Ozark will take trash from area residents. It is located at 16 1/2 Airport Road in Ozark, 479-287-0061. It is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. It’s about 26 miles from Paris.

The Johnson County Transfer Station is located on County Road 3311 north of Highway 352 West. It is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. for vehicles and trailers. It is open until 2:30 p.m. for vehicles only. Call 479-754-3007.

The North Logan County Yard on South Lowder Street in Paris can take recyclables. Call 963-2660 for more information.

Green Source Recycling in Clarksville take recyclables including electronic waste from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 479-745-7475 for more information.