Taking Out The Trash: Use Of Your Local Landfill

For the last month we've showed you some of the worst illegal dumpsites in Region Eight.

But in this weeks edition of Trashing Region Eight we headed to a place where trash has a proper home.

And from first glance it would appear we were standing in one of our weekly dump sites, but that's not the case. In the distance were compactors working at Legacy Landfill to make sure your household trash is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

The best part about it, you can dispose of your trash for virtually no cost.

"If you are a resident of the City of Jonesboro there's no charge unless you have construction material. If you live outside the City of Jonesboro, the minimum charge is 8-dollars plus tax which covers up to 600 pounds," said Angela Sparks, Executive Director of Legacy Landfill.

But if you are worried about exceeding the limit, chances are you are in the clear.

"The average person has between 100 and 200 pounds generally," said Sparks.

And the process of dumping off your trash at your local landfill isn't all that complicated either.

You just drive up to the scale attendant and answer a few quick questions, and then you are through to the main building where you can dump your various materials into bins where they

"If you just have a few things, you can get in and out in less than ten minutes," said Sparks.

In that little time, you could save the environment some major damage, because your local landfills are under strict guidelines from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

"We have to contain water. We have to contain blowing litter," said Sparks.

All, which are just a few measures, that make the landfill the place to get rid of your trash and not the locations we've been showing in the last few weeks.

"It's so much easier to come here and do it right. And you don't have to worry about fines," said Sparks.

Legacy Landfill is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Coming Up Next Week:

The man charged with dumping several thousand gallons of biodiesel by-product into a ditch in Brookland will be in court, plus we'll go back to some of our previous dumpsites to see what progress has been made.

Know of a dumpsite or want more information on how to help?

Email us at trashingregion8@kait8.com