COVINGTON — All those gifts may be nice at Christmas, but they do amount to extra trash, and residents should keep in mind that the neighborhood recycling centers and Newton County Landfill will be closed several days between now and the new year.
The facilities will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24; Tuesday, Dec. 25; and Tuesday, Jan. 1. They will reopen at regular times on Wednesday, Dec. 26, and Wednesday, Jan. 2.
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,” Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful Director Laurie Riley said. “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.
KCNB is no longer participating in the Bring One for the Chipper event, because in Newton, residents can recycle trees at any Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Center on any day the centers are open, Riley said.
“Since the state discontinued funding for the seedlings we used to give away at the event, there is no incentive to citizens to recycle their trees on a particular day,” she added.
“Of course, we strongly encourage everyone to recycle their live Christmas trees because all the benefits of recycling them remain the same,” she said. “Trees can be recycled into mulch, fuel or fish habitats. Mulch is used for public beautification projects and is also offered free to citizens throughout the year from the Newton County Landfill and the City of Covington Recycling Center. It matters greatly to us that people recycle their Christmas trees, but it just doesn’t matter to us on what day they recycle them.”