Two of three public hearings on Marshall County's next solid waste plan have been scheduled for Monday and Thursday next week, according to the county's solid waste director.
Because Cedar Ridge Landfill west of Lewisburg will close sooner or later, regardless of whether the state permits its expansion, the county must be prepared for the end of the availability of local dumping and money from that landfill's host fee that funds the county's Solid Waste Department.
Acknowledging that fact of life, Marshall County commissioner have hired Griggs & Maloney environmental engineers in Murfreesboro to write a plan on where trash should be placed by this county when Cedar Ridge is closed. The consulting firm will be gathering suggestions from local officials and residents from within and around three of the counties' municipalities.
The two meetings that have been scheduled were announced by County Solid Waste Director Morgan Thomas on Monday when he reported:
* The meeting for Chapel Hill-area residents will be held on Monday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. in the town's Fire Hall.
* A similar meeting for Cornersville-area residents will be held on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. in the town's City Hall.
"This is the first part of the process that Griggs & Maloney will put in place to finish our solid waste plan," Thomas said. "It's for citizens to provide their input."
"There will be one more in the city of Lewisburg, but it has not been set yet," the county's solid waste director said. "These meetings are for city and county residents so please attend the one nearest to you.
"The format will be a public forum for people to say what they want to happen to solid waste in Marshall County," he said.
Meanwhile, Thomas said the residents of Marshall County have delivered on the long-standing tradition of having more trash and recyclable materials through the Christmas holiday week, and that means more paper, plastic and metal will be sent for recycling and some modest return when they're sold on the market for recyclables.
"All the county recycling bins have been overflowing with recyclables because of the holidays," Thomas said.
Solid waste professional have long-known that the busiest time for sanitation crews and recycling businesses is immediately after Christmas.