Harlan County residents looking for a way to dispose of recyclables and other litter now have more convenient options thanks to new receptacles the county is in the process of distributing.
Harlan County Waste Management Coordinator Lakis Mavinidas said the plan is to set containers around the county, with some of the first going in at the Dale Belcher Memorial Park.
“We want to set containers around the community,” Mavinidas said. “We’re beginning with the park.”
Mavinidas said the plan is to provide a convenient place for folks to dispose of their litter and recyclable items rather than just throwing it on the ground in the park and other locations.
According to Mavinidas, the material used in the construction of the bins as well as the work of putting them together utilizes local business.
“We got the containers from Fuelco,” Mavinidas explained. “The signs on the containers are made by the Harlan County Road Department, and of course the fabricating was done by a local contractor.”
Mavinidas said another advantage of the containers is they can be locked for safety.
“We wanted to be able to lock them so they won’t be destroyed, and of course bears and other local wildlife can’t get in them,” Mavinidas said. “Children cannot get into them and get hurt.”
Mavinidas said the cities may be asked to help with containers placed inside city limits by helping keep the containers clean and presentable.
The first containers were placed near Martins Fork damn about three weeks ago.
“We have two at the Martins Fork spill gate,” Mavinidas said. “So far, people have used them. They’ve done well.”
Mavinidas mentioned the containers are equipped with drainage valves so liquid can be removed without danger to the environment.
“We’re also looking for sponsors,” Mavinidas said. “Anybody that wants to sponsor a container should get hold of us at the solid waste office and we’ll give them the details.
For more information, contact Harlan County Recycling Center at 573-9423.
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