COVINGTON -- Recycling centers will be closed for the holidays and residents should be prepared. Those who leave garbage by the gates on days the centers are closed will be tracked down and fined.
The Newton County Landfill and all Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers will be closed on Friday, Dec. 23, Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday. The landfill and recycling centers will open on Monday, Dec. 26 with special hours. Centers at McGiboney Road, Oak Hill Road and Adams Circle will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All other Centers, except Hazelbrand Road,will open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Hazelbrand Road Center will open during regular hours,from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The landfill will open on Monday, December 26 during regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Centers and the landfill will also be closed on Friday, Dec. 30, Saturday, Dec. 31, and Sunday, Jan. 1 for New Year's.
In the past, residents have left bags of garbage piled up at recycling center gates during holidays.
"A code enforcement officer has to go through the trash to try to identify who left it," said Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful Director Laurie Riley. "People will get citations for that. We don't want people to be fined but we also don't want it to be a mess. We want it to be nice and clean."
Riley said more litter is noticeable in the days following Christmas, when packing peanuts and plastic air bags used to secure items in packages blow off pickup trucks, for example. Riley recommended securing all such packaging when taking it to recycling centers and, for those who have curbside pickup, covering garbage or putting something heavy on top of it so it doesn't blow away.