Budget cuts and financial woes have hit the recycling curbside pick-up in Goochland County.This is causing concerns for local residents who aren’t sure what to do next.
Curbside recycling ends
Effective June 17, 2010, Goochland County no longer subsidizes curbside recycling pick-up for residents. Many residents have depended on this resource for recycling for years but now it is time to make different plans for recycling.
The Goochland County Board of Supervisors is pursuing an option that would allow subdivisions and neighborhoods to continue curbside recycling for an additional $25 per year. Plans are not finalized yet.
These discussions are still underway and it will be up to each homeowner’s association to adopt the plan if approved. There will be a lapse in service until the plans are finalized.
In the meantime, residents can use the drop-off bins in the county where paper, cardboard, botlles, cans, and other household items can be recycled. They also accept tires, oil and filters, paint, batteries, propane tanks, and appliances containing Freon for a small fee. Many other recyclable products are accepted so check the website for details.
Residents must sort recyclable products when using drop-off bins, which is different from the curbside recycling procedures. Instructions for sorting are included on the website.
Local convenience centers
Convenience Centers for county residents are located at:
- Central Convenience Center, 1908 Hidden Rock Lane, Goochland, VA (804.556.5374)
- Western Convenience Center, 3455 Hadensville-Fife Road, Goochland, VA (804.457.9109)
Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Central Convenience Center is closed every Thursday and Western Convenience Center is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday. They also observe various holidays so check the website for schedules.
While elimination of curbside recycling is unfortunate for Goochland residents, there are options for residents to continue their recycling efforts. Diligence in recycling is critical for the environment so residents are encouraged to take advantage of the convenience centers for the foreseeable future.
You can also contact Leigh Dunn at 804.556.5850 for more information about plans for future curbside recycling.
For more information, visit the Goochland County Recycling website.