Bibb may create new landfill for yard debris

Proposed new Macon yard debris landfill

Bibb County Commissioner Virgil Watkins wants to create a temporary location for people in Macon to take their yard debris.

Watkins says for the past two months people have had to drive to Houston or Twiggs County to get rid of leaves, branches, grass clippings and more.

He says this problem all started when the Bibb County landfill reached its maximum capacity for yard debris.

One owner of a yard company, Levon Kitchens, says this temporary location would benefit his company and people in the area. Kitchens says whenever his company TLC Lawn Care picks up yard debris with trash in it, they have to take it 45 minutes away.

“If it does have small amount of trash in it, we have to haul it to the Houston county landfill,” said Kitchens.

He says they used to take it to the Bibb County landfill before it reached maximum capacity.

“Now, we either haul our stuff to the shop, or we haul it to Gray Brothers Tree Service,” said Kitchens.

He also says finding a new landfill is not the only problem he has noticed since Macon's landfill became full.

“They don’t know what to do with it, so they just snatch it out of the back of their truck and leave and keep going,” said Kitchens. He's noticed people illegally dumping their yard debris around Macon.

“We need to do whatever we have to do to make sure its dumped and turned into dirt, or chipped and used in the recycling business,” said Kitchens.

Macon-Bibb County spokesman Chris Floore says the county will pick up two cubic yards of various yard wastes from homes, but Bibb County Commissioner Virgil Watkins’ temporary landfill plan will help people who deal with larger amounts of debris.

“The convenience is there. Anybody could go over. It's easy to find and dump,” said Kitchens.

He says he thinks Watkins plan will be positive for the community.

“It may cut down on some illegal dumping. It may cut down on people placing it on their property,” said Kitchens.

Commissioner Watkins says this would be temporary for 90 days, but he says there is a plan for a new landfill from SPLOST funding.

A Bibb County committee is scheduled to discuss whether to move forward with Watkins' plan at Tuesday's commission meeting.

Mary Grace Shaw, 13WMAZ


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