Solid Waste Department Announces New ScheduleSep 10th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Front Page
Story submitted by Jerome Wyche
Fiscal year 2013 – 2014 have brought about some funding challenges for Madison County, making some minor adjustments in the way that business is conducted. In an effort to identify some cost savings, the Solid Waste and Recycling Department conducted a study to determine where the savings could be found, how to minimize disruption in the daily disposal of household waste by citizens and still be capable of delivering quality services. In order to avoid a reduction in collection center personnel and keep the same people employed, it became evident that a reduction in employee man-hours was the only answer. As a result of the reduction in employee hours, the collection center hours will be slightly reduced, but with minimal to almost no interruption in collection center access. The cost savings is measured by a reduction of 26 hours per week, equaling two hours per center for the 13 collection centers. To better recognize the actual reduction of hours, 774 hours per week is the current use, and effective Oct. 1, 2013, as approved by the Board of County Commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 4, 2013, the total weekly hours will be 748 hours. In order to facilitate maximum citizen access, as the new center schedule was drafted, each center was carefully studied with special attention to those that experienced high volumes of traffic, peak usage, work hours of citizen employees and was structured for maximum weekend use. Each collection center would be closed one workday per week for cleaning and sanitation and equipment servicing. Because all collection centers are closed on Sunday, all collection centers will resume normal hours, consistent with the previous schedule, and all centers will be opened on Friday, Saturday and Monday. If there is a county-recognized holiday on Friday, Saturday or Monday and the centers are closed, all centers will be opened all of the remaining days of that week. When the Solid Waste and Recycling Department conducted a review of surrounding counties, the findings showed the following benefits: Madison County offered more controlled collection centers and more access hours A variety of additional services, other than solid waste disposal, to include dry bulk and yard trash and white goods disposal at no additional cost Clean and attractive centers with park like appearances Safe entry and exits All centers are fully equipped to assist in voluntary recycling reclamation A new schedule has been attached for your review and adjustment. Although copies have been attached to this article, copies may be received by calling the department at (850) 973-2611, Monday through Thursday, from 6:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Madison County Solid Waste and Recycling Department will continue to do all that is possible to deliver quality services and would like to thank our citizens for helping to keep Madison County clean.
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