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Countywide cleanup planned for Oct. 30

By DAVID TEWES
Oct. 17, 2010 at 5:17 a.m.


The CleanupMore information is available by calling the county's Administrative Services office at 361-578-0752 between 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. weekdays.

Cleaner roadsides in Victoria County mean a more appealing landscape and less time precinct workers have to devote to collecting trash.

That's why the county of Victoria is sponsoring a cleanup event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30.

It's free for all county residents, including those living in Victoria.

"We wanted to do this because we have lot of illegal dumping on the roads," County Commissioner Wayne Dierlam said. "Most of the trash we get comes from people in the city."

There will be four locations to drop off everything from household garbage to refrigerators.

Three are existing courtesy stations at 706 Black Bayou Road, 751 Grouse Road and 415 Aviation Drive. The fourth is the Precinct 2 barn at 13,323 Nursery Drive.

Items that will be accepted include refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, air conditioners and other small appliances. Also accepted will be household garbage, sorted scrap metal, furniture and mattresses.

Items that won't be accepted are construction, demolition and commercial waste; such hazardous materials as oil, paint, liquids, thinners, herbicides and pesticides; electronic waste such as computers and cell phones; and yard waste.

Refuse will be accepted from personal vehicles only and not from such vehicles as flatbeds, dump trucks, large trailers or commercial vehicles.

Joyce Dean, the county's director of Administrative Services, said most of the cost of the cleanup is being paid for with a $4,000 grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The county is matching the grant by providing county employees for labor.

"In the long term, the little investment they are going to make in the way of personnel is going to be far outweighed by not having to pick up all that trash on the side of the road," Dean said.

Dierlam said illegal dumping on rural county roads has increased since the city raised the landfill rates. Having to use precinct workers to clean up trash takes them away from mowing and cleaning out culverts, he said.

"I'd rather them bring it to us and have it in one location than to have that stuff on the side of the roads where we've got to pick it up," Dierlam said. "It's a lot easier."

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