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King George County gets new convenience center, picket fence and all

 King George Landfill Director Thomas Cue said the trash compactors at the county's new convenience center will help control odors and birds and reduce wind-blown garbage.
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Date published: 8/14/2012


The new King George Convenience and Recycle Center has a homey touch not usually seen at such facilities.

There's a picket fence around the front of it.

"People will eventually drive by this to get to a park," said Thomas Cue, director of the King George Landfill. "I wanted it to look nice."

Cue was at the center at 6 a.m. Monday to mark the opening of the new facility. It's off State Route 205, past the King George Elementary School.

Cue didn't just direct customers to one of four new compactors at the new, paved site. He lifted black bags of garbage from trunks and truck beds, calling it "first day opening help."

He and attendant Arthur Harvey also tried to explain new traffic patterns.

There's one entrance and one exit. Residents can go to either side of four compactors to dump their trash, meaning eight vehicles can unload at once.

Three of the bins are for household garbage and the fourth is for single-stream recycling

"It's very nice, but it is a little confusing," said Beth Pelto, who wasn't sure which trash compactor she was supposed to use. "I think it's great, and once they put up some signs, that'll help."

Another woman waited in her car for Cue to point her in the right direction.

"I don't know where to go," she said.

"Nobody does," Cue said. "It's the first day."

The new center replaces the old facility, just down Henry Griffin Road. There, people waited in line as one person at a time backed up to a container and threw in trash.

The old center was part of the old landfill, which closed when the new regional landfill opened in Sealston in 1996.

All the trash from the old site was hauled to the new one, and the Environmental Protection Agency issued a clean-closure status on the old landfill in 2007.

The county plans to build Purkins Corner Community Park, a 33-acre facility with fields and trails, picnic tables and pavilions, on the site. About $1.6 million has been budgeted for the park, and construction should begin next year.

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