Board gets solid waste report

Published 11:31 am Thursday, September 15, 2016

Lunenburg County’s former and current landfill liaisons updated the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors during its meeting Thursday on work with landfill operator Container First Services (CFS).

Lunenburg County Economic and Community Development Director Beverly Hawthorne — who, until recently, acted as landfill liaison — and new Landfill Liaison Carl Ashworth listed a number of problems CFS is still working to correct.

Hawthorne said “a whole lot of things” were discussed during a recent citizens advisory meeting concerning the landfill.

“CFS is having some current problems from picking up trash and branches, to drivers quitting, drivers being fired, to trucks breaking down, and on and on and on,” Hawthorne said.

Ashworth said several things “hit him right off” when he began working.

“I got stopped in the road and couldn’t get in the driveway one morning,” Ashworth said, citing traffic issues.

In addition to problems with dump trucks, he said compactors have broken down, meaning trash is not being pushed down to their proper levels.

Ashworth said CFS Chief Operating Officer Tim Webb has implemented some things to get traffic off the landfill road. He said Webb may be trying to get the Virginia Department of Transportation to put up no parking signs and has moved a tipper so “they can put more trucks up the hill.”

He said he went out the Friday before the board meeting and took pictures of trucks sitting in the road and other problems leading Webb to contact Virginia State Police, who came out Tuesday.

“They got some (truck drivers), they talked to some and then Wednesday morning … They ticketed some,” he said, adding the solution seems to be working. “They have fixed that hill in the last two days and it’s really, really nice. It’s not pristine, but it’s the way it’s supposed to be.”

Ashworth said he focused on equipment as being key to his discussions with Webb, but also noted the company’s lack of trained personnel.

“I asked (Webb) for a report,” Ashworth said, “That he would tell me what he’d done … And what he plans to do with equipment going forward. It’s not dependable … So, they’re going to figure out a plan, supposedly, to give me. I think we’re all in the same book, I think we just all need to get on the same page.”

Ashworth said it’s nice to be able help the county.

“The citizens here, I know, have been worried and concerned … and, hopefully, we can work out these concerns…. We can’t have these long weeks of broken-down equipment — that’s one of my complaints,” he said.

Ashworth said he considers nothing more important to him than disposal of trash in a timely, appropriate way and said he is counting on CFS to have enough, trained people and dependable equipment to do the job.

“That’s how I talked to him,” Ashworth said of Webb. “‘This is the way you’re going to solve this problem.’”