County wide clean-up begins this week, new drop-off location announced

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

SMITH COUNTY, TX - Citizens can now pick up their vouchers for the annual Smith County Wide Clean-up Event. The County Clean-up event is an opportunity for residents of Smith County to bring trash and bulky items to the Greenwood Farms Landfill for free. Smith County Environmental Crimes Unit, Precinct Constables, and Smith County Commissioners Court are working together to host the event April 8-11.

Precinct 4 Commissioner JoAnn Hampton announced, that she will also make a dumpster available in her precinct for the duration of the event. The dumpster will be located at Spring Creek Baptist Church on New Harmony Road. Items placed in the dumpster April 8-11 will be delivered to Greenwood Farms for citizens.

The County will provide vouchers to the public that are good for up to three cubic yards of trash per person. A full-sized truck bed is approximately three cubic yards. Vouchers are now available to pick up at all Justice of the Peace and Constable Precinct offices.

"It is our hope that more citizens will be able to participate and take advantage of our services this year," said Environmental Crimes Detective Tommy Goodman. "We are expanding the event to make it more convenient to the average citizen. We hope the voucher system provides more flexibility."

In the past, this project was held for half a day on a Saturday in April. Many Smith County citizens were unable to participate because of the limited time frame.

Vouchers are available at all Constable Offices. Citizens will receive one voucher per household; however, businesses may not participate in the voucher program. The vouchers will be good for Wednesday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and on Saturday 6:30 a.m. to noon in the week of April 8-11. The vouchers will be attached to a list of items that will not be accepted by Greenwood Farms Landfill; an Allied Waste Company. Directions and a map to the Greenwood Farms Landfill will be provided with the vouchers.

"Manager Zach Briscoe of Greenwood Farms provides the services every year to make the County Wide Clean-up event possible," Officer Goodman said. "We could not do this without the generosity of the Greenwood Farms team."

Items not accepted during the County Wide Clean-up include: hazardous waste, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, gasoline, oils, paint, acid, batteries, asbestos, Freon, whole tires, refrigerators, freezers, televisions and computers.

For more information please call: Pct. 1 Constable Henry Jackson, 903-590-2609; Pct. 2 Constable Andy Dunklin, 903-590-4840; Pct. 3 Constable Dustin Rust, 903-842-2664; Pct. 4 Constable John Smith, 903-590-4879 or Pct. 5 Constable Dennis Taylor, 903-590-4901.