GRADY COUNTY Road Superintendent and Solid Waste Director Stanley Elkins poses outside the county’s new Hilltop manned dumpster site.
Grady County’s third manned dumpster site opens today at the Hilltop location, north of Cairo next door to the Grady County Road Department, according to road superintendent and county solid waste director Stanley Elkins.
The New Hilltop site is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Other manned sites include the original one on 20th Street S.E. in Cairo and on Beck Branch Road in south Grady County.
The Grady County Commission is in the process of consolidating its unmanned sites to approximately seven manned sites.
According to Elkins, within the next seven to 10 days, dumpster sites currently located on Bold Springs Road, Aldridge Road, and Akridge Road will be closed and the dumpsters moved to the new Hilltop manned site.
Elkins has enclosed the new Hilltop site with fencing and posts recycled from other dumpster sites that have been closed. Three new gates at a cost of $450 were purchased and site work totaled about $22,000, according to the county’s solid waste director.
Construction class students at Cairo High School built the attendant station for the Beck Branch location, but due to time constraints, the county purchased a station for Hilltop from a vendor at a cost of $3,500.
According to Elkins, CHS students are in the process of constructing a new attendant station that will be erected at the county’s next planned site, which will be located on Ridge Road.
County officials say that by transitioning to manned sites, county crews are able to better govern what is disposed of in county dumpsters and maintain a cleaner area for residents to dispose of their garbage.
At one point, the county was operating more than 40 unmanned dumpster sites across the county.
Grady County Administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, says the county is still attempting to locate a centrally located convenient site in Whigham for residents of the western portion of the county.