YADKINVILLE — Start the New Year off right. In 2014, the community can work together to make Yadkin County green.
Yes, Yadkin County already is green with its rolling pastures and farmland, but too often trash and litter blemish the green hills and roadsides, according to county cooperative extension officials.
Littering is illegal and punishable by fines and/or community service. Litter is a danger to animals, the environment, and humans.
Officials suggested keeping a trash bag in each vehicle, and taking all garbage to the landfill or a waste collection center. Do not throw trash in uncovered truck beds that will simply blow out down the road. The cost for responsible garbage disposal is minimal.
To report someone for littering, fill out the NCDOT’s online Swat a Litterbug form, contact NCDOT at 1-877-DOT-4YOU, or contact the Yadkin County Extension Center at 679-2061 for a NCDOT Swat a Litterbug card that can be mailed in.
Recycling also is urged. In Yadkin County, only about 10 percent of household waste is recycled, compared to the national average of about 34 percent.
Recycle to reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill.
The following items are accepted for recycling at the Yadkin County Landfill and waste collection centers across the county: mixed paper (magazines, empty food and cereal boxes, newspaper, brown paper bags, and phone books); all colors of glass (food and beverage containers only); metal food and beverage cans (aluminum, bi-metal, and tin); plastic bottles and milk jugs; and corrugated cardboard (broken down).
Styrofoam, foil, plastic bags, plastic wrap, and wax-coated boxes (juice) are not accepted in recycling.
Be sure to rinse food and drink containers and dispose of lids before recycling.
The Yadkin County Landfill has separate collection areas for tires, white goods (appliances), scrap metal, electronic waste, wooden pallets and yard waste, so make sure these items are not mixed with garbage.
Yadkin County has a number of waste collection centers across the county for easy access to household garbage disposal without traveling to the landfill. Waste center users must have the appropriate sticker indicating a paid solid waste household fee. These stickers are available at the Yadkin County tax office.
The waste collection centers’ locations and phone numbers are as follows:
• 1, Jonesville, 526-4700
• 2, Hamptonville, 468-1818
• 3, Yadkinville, 367-5742
• 4, East Bend, 699-4304
• 5, Yadkinville, 463-4632
• 6, Yadkinville, 961-6321
• 7, Hamptonville, 468-1448
All centers are open on Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Centers 2, 4, and 5 also are open on Monday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Center 1 is open on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Center 6 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Yadkin County Landfill is located off Sugartown Road and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For a complete list of waste centers and recyclable items, visit http://www.yadkincountync.gov/ and go to the Solid Waste Department.
Work with others in the community to adopt a highway or organize a litter sweep. Consider a beautification project, such as planting trees or flowers in publicly viewed areas.
Simply make wise purchases and choices to reduce the amount of waste you generate. Start composting food scraps and yard waste.
To get involved to make Yadkin County green, contact the Yadkin Extension Center at 679-2061.