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Talkin’ trash

County supervisors in Buckingham are right on the money for taking a good, hard look at how to reduce abuse at solid waste sites — both manned and unmanned — across the county.

According to Lyn Hill, the county’s solid waste supervisor, the county spends between $80,000 and $150,000 of tax dollars on illegal dumping each year.

In a time when real estate taxes have been on the increase and budget cuts have been more frequent, this is inexcusable.

Abuse of the solid waste sites in Buckingham County has led supervisors to consider closing the facilities during mid-day hours.

In considering potentially closing some of the sites during the mid-day hours, supervisors need to look at the whole ball of wax of the solid waste problem that has plagued Buckingham for so many years.

Along with the board’s utility committee, supervisors need to examine each site’s resourcefulness, potential for abuse, proximity to main roads and high-traffic areas, use patterns and costs.

We encourage supervisors to be fair and equitable to county residents and taxpayers who work daily and to those who are elderly, retired and have special needs when looking into the future of each trash site.

There’s no doubt that lots of changes are needed to the trash sites. Taking a look at how to curb the abuse at the sites is a move in the right direction. We encourage the board to keep pursuing ways to make the sites and their locations more equitable and geographically fair to county residents.