The city's solid waste transfer station, which was closed after a trash compactor failed last fall, was scheduled to open sometime in May. However, Mayoro Daniel Rogers said last week the station, located on Highhway 309, won’t reopen until the middle of August.
“They are blaming it on the people making the new compactor,” Rogers said. “They said it hasn’t been built as fast as possible. Now, they are saying by the middle of August.”
The station was closed because the compactor malfunctioned due to age, according to Street Department Supervisor Larry Robberson. Concrete work at the site began in March and has been completed, Rogers said. That’s when a new compactor was ordered and was initially expected to arrive in May, Rogers said last week.
“Now we are just waiting on the compactor to come in,” Rogers said. “As soon as the compactor comes in, the project will be completed and the transfer station will be reopened. It will be in good shape for probably the next 20 years or more.”
The city had previously budgeted $130,000 to pay for the project with the money coming from proceeds of a one percent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2013.
However, the project is going to cost $170,000, Rogers said.
“They wound up having to do a lot more work than they thought,” Rogers said.
Until the project is completed, the city will continue to send waste to be compacted to Ozark before transporting it to a landfill. Property owners without trash pick up service will also need to send their waste outside of town until the station re-opens.
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.
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 takes recyclables including electronic waste from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 479-745-7475 for more information.