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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


King George officials had been asking Waste Management, which operates the landfill and convenience center, to build a new center for about four years. When Cue took over as director in March 2010, he pledged to do that as he got odor problems under control at the landfill.

The convenience center cost $1.8 million and was paid for by Waste Management.

"Not a penny of county money," Cue told one man, who was driving a red truck and asking what was wrong with the old site.

Currently, the recycling compactor is on the left side near the exit. Those who dump trash on the right side have to cross in front of other traffic to get to it.

On Monday, one woman dropped off her recycling, exited the center, then circled back into it to dump her household trash at a different bin.

Cue may put one compactor for household trash and one for recycling on each side of the new center. He said he'll see how traffic goes.

There have been mornings when Joseph Rest has waited in line 15 or 20 minutes to dump his trash in the one container at the old facility.

"This looks great, and it's a whole lot cleaner," Rest said. "We'll see how it looks in a couple months."

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425
Email: cdyson@freelancestar.com

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