Dinwiddie Public Works lead recycling efforts across county

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: May 17, 2018 | 2:30 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – Are you aware that there is a global crisis of mass and unprecedented proportions? If you are not, you should be. 

Are you aware of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It is an area in the Pacific Ocean, twice the size of the state of Texas, with floating plastics and other non-biodegradable garbage, located between California and Hawaii. Sea animals are attracted to the shiny plastics and ingest small pieces. These plastics are toxic to the animals, and the animals die. 

Did you know that Texas—and this garbage patch of poison—are larger than most of the world’s countries? How could this have happened?

Are you aware that this is not the only massive garbage patch in the world’s oceans? Not by a long shot. The seriousness of this crisis cannot be overstated. Why is this happening to our world, and if we have any hope of fixing it, what is the first step in turning this around? In a word, recycling.

Recycling is available right here in Dinwiddie County. Many have never considered recycling, assuming it may be time-consuming and inconvenient. If there is any chance of fixing this crisis of monumental proportions, we must change this mindset.

Dinwiddie offers recycling services to residents at all of the Convenience Centers. Recycling helps keep excess trash out of the landfills, and in turn, keeps our Earth green and our oceans clean. The county has been able to purchase various equipment with proceeds made from recycling single-stream metals, batteries, and clothing. Not only has recycling in Dinwiddie kept massive amounts of garbage out of our soil and water, but the proceeds from recycling have proven to be lucrative to the county.

Gene Jones, Director; Donald Coleman, Supervisor; and Jennifer Celli, Administrative Assistant; Department of Public Works, at Earth Day observance. (Dinwiddie County)

“Last year, Dinwiddie residents recycled 912.22 Tons of material! While this may sound like a lot, it is hoped that this number will continue to increase with more awareness. Inmates bale cardboard one day each week. This is free labor, provided by the Sheriff’s Office,” said Gene Jones, Director, Public Works, Dinwiddie County.

Last year, Dinwiddie was able to save an enormous amount of County funds and taxpayer dollars by using recycling funds in purchasing a 2007 Mack front-load recycling truck, a 2001 Mack front-load recycling truck, a 2002 International roll-off truck, and a 2012 McCormick tractor. In addition, proceeds from recycling also purchased a 2014 Zero-Turn mower, a 2016 Ford F-350 truck with a snowplow, a 2005 Ford 450 box/maintenance truck, and a 2006 50-foot electric man-lift. Unbelievably, there is more. Proceeds from recycling also purchased 30-yard roll-off cans, 8-cubic yard recycle cans, a 25-foot trailer, a utility trailer, three Kubota zero-turn mowers, two compactors for Mckenney, and funds to aid in the construction of the Wilson Manned-site. One can only imagine the enormous amount of waste that was recycled and kept out of our oceans and soil, by examining the list of items the recycling efforts procured.

“There are many more items than you may think, that we will accept for recycling,” said Jones. “At our recycling centers, we take office paper, printer paper, mixed paper, plastic drink bottles, aluminum drink cans, washed and cleaned aluminum foil, magazines, newspapers, cardboard, shrink wrap, and glass.” 

Items that are not accepted are soiled food containers, food waste, ink cartridges, electronic items, plastic bags, plastic toys and playsets, vacuums, and lawn furniture.

“It is important to remember that the recycling facilities will deduct tonnage for items that are not recyclable that have been put into the recycle bins. The amount of tonnage deducted varies as prices change due to the fluctuation in rates at any given time. For this reason, it is very important that residents not throw non-recyclables into the recycle bins,” said Jones.

There are several Convenience Center locations throughout the county. The McKenney site is located at 11206 Marquerita Ragsdale Drive, McKenney, Virginia 23871. Mckenney’s hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.M., on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays.

The Dinwiddie site is located at 13542 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, Virginia 23841. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.

The Old Hickory site is located at 19522 McKenney Highway, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The Old Stage site is located at 14475 Old Stage Road, Dinwiddie, Virginia 23841. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.

The Rohoic site is located at 22578 Airpark Drive, Petersburg, Virginia 23803. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.

The Hart Road site is located at 19900 River Road, Sutherland, Virginia 23885. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.

The Ford site is located at Claystreet Road, Ford, Virginia 23850. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.

The Dinwiddie County Landfill is located at 10817 Wheelers Pond Road, Dinwiddie, Virginia 23841. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.

There is one future site, the Wilsons Manned site, that will be opening this summer. This site will be located at 2025 Springston Road, Wilsons, Virginia 23894. The hours of operation will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.

“All of our sites collect both recyclable and non-recyclable trash, so it could not be more convenient for our residents,” said Jones. “We are hopeful that this will encourage more residents to begin to recycle. We have found that those residents that were reluctant to recycle, but finally begin, are always surprised at how easy and convenient it truly is. There is absolutely no reason for not recycling in this day-and-age.”

Garbage, waste, and trash—our world is running out of space for it. It is toxic to our soil, our waterways, our wildlife, and our people. This topic might not be as fascinating and interesting as others, but it is imperative that we develop a passion for solutions to this overwhelming problem, such as recycling, while there is still time. If you do not yet recycle, call Dinwiddie’s Department of Public Works at (804) 469-4545, for ideas, suggestions, and guidance on how to get started.

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