Anyone looking to rid their garage of paint cans, old wooden boards or most anything else that might be cluttering up the place, this summer might be the time to do it.
Beginning in April, the Wilson County Landfill adopted its summer hours and is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.
"We are open every Saturday up until the end of September," said Wilson County Solid Waste Director Cindy Lynch. "What we take is construction and demolition material and yard waste. The summer months are busier because of people landscaping and getting rid of yard clippings."
This is just the second year the landfill has opened with Saturday hours. Lynch said traffic at the landfill has picked up "quite a bit."
“Cindy Lynch, Wilson County Solid Waste director, and her department do a great job for the county,” said Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. “Oftentimes this department is taken for granted. The opening of the landfill on Saturdays during the summer months is a great example of their commitment to serve the citizens of Wilson County.”
Recently, the landfill partnered with the city of Lebanon on its annual Spring Clean Up by taking some of the items the city would otherwise have to take to a separate location.
"They go around to the houses and pick up, and we take the construction and demolition materials so they do not take them to another landfill," Lynch said.
While the county landfill cannot take household waste, such as kitchen or bath garbage, it is available to Wilson County residents to drop off latex and oil-based paints for disposal.
Another tip Lynch has is "residents can dry out latex paint and drop it at the convenience centers – as long as it is not liquid. You can sit the paint can out in the sun and dry it up, and they can accept it at a convenience center. If it is still liquid, you have to bring it here to the landfill."
Another service the landfill provides county residents is electronics recycling.
"If you have an old TV or computer, and you are a Wilson County resident, you can bring it here for recycling."
Lynch said there are other hazardous waste materials that cannot be accepted at the facility, but residents can save those items for disposal during the state-sponsored Hazardous Waste Collection Day. This usually takes place in July.
The landfill is open for disposal Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., as well as new Saturday hours. Anyone with questions regarding what items can be taken to the landfill can call the office at 615-444-8360.