Starting March 1, Stephens County will no longer require stickers to dump trash at one of the county’s convenience sites.
On Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved a motion to eliminate the stickers beginning on that date with the following stipulations, no commercial waste and Stephens County residents only.
Stephens County Commission Chairman Stanley London said that the commission felt it was something that would be good to do for the community.
“It is not a convenience when it is a hassle and it is just something that the commission decided to try to give back to the community to make it a convenience,” said Ayers.
Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said she wanted to make clear that this does not change hours of operation or close any convenience sites; it simply eliminates the need to purchase stickers, which cost 80 cents per sticker.
London also emphasized the fact that the county is not looking to interfere with commercial trash pick-up operations in the county.
“This is by no means any intent to do away with any commercial entities that pick up at the houses,” said London. “If people are happy with the commercial services, I recommend that they stick with the plan.”
Other commissioners also voiced their support for the motion before the vote, noting a number of benefits.
Commissioner Harold Andrews said that it might help alleviate some litter and blight issues.
“This maybe will eliminated some of the trash tossed out along the highways,” said Andrews.
Concerns were raised about how to enforce the stipulations that it not include commercial waste and that the convenience sites are for Stephens County residents only.
London said that the county will do its best to make sure that rules are enforced.
“We will still have a person at the site,” said London. “If there is a stranger that comes up, they may be asked to show some documentation of residency. We do not want to make it a big hassle.”
Ayers said the impact on the budget would be minimal.
County officials said that they will also be in contact with businesses as needed about the issue.