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Transfer stations hours to change

At the end of September, the hours of operation for Cumberland County’s transfer stations will be changing.

The new hours will take effect Monday, Sept. 30. They are:

• The courthouse area’s Madison Convenience Center, located on Commerce Road, will be 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday; 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday.

• Randolph Convenience Center, located on Cumberland Road, will be closed Sunday, and will be open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon until 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. Carterville’s Hamilton Convenience Center, located on Samuels Drive, will have the same hours of operation.

“Basically the schedule was changed to better suit the needs of the citizens, they wanted the expanded hours so we have made the required adjustments to the hours and the staffing,” said Don Unmussig, Jr., Cumberland county administrator.

For now, the Madison center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Randolph center is open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.

And the Hamilton center is open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Cumberland’s three citizen convenience centers, operated by the department of public works, receive household trash and recyclable materials from county households.

“The convenience centers are strictly for residential use,” the county’s website notes. “A valid driver’s license is considered proof that the customer is a resident.”

Dumping commercial trash and debris is a violation of the county code, and the Virginia Department Environmental Quality Solid Waste Management Regulations, the site notes.

The transfer stations are closed on state holidays and when the county is closed because of inclement weather, the site adds.

The county website notes that “to protect the health and safety of employees and our customers and also protect the environment,” a number of items deemed hazardous are not accepted. They include automotive and other lead-acid batteries, pesticides or other farm chemicals, explosives or ammunition; oxygen, propane tanks or other pressurized tanks used oil; oil based paint, gasoline and thinners; hot ashes or cinders

The website notes that, actually, batteries and used oil may be recycled at retailers that sell automotive batteries and motor oil.

The county is also putting an emphasis on recycling.

“Due to the advent of individually packaged products intended for a single use such as water bottles, soda cans and snacks, we have exponentially grown our rate of trash production,” the county’s website notes. “These products are convenient for a population on the go, but they are also filling our landfills faster than ever. Recycling is an easy, common-sense way to divert many of the materials from the landfill, while also saving energy, money and slowing down our natural resource consumption. The county provides bins at each convenience center that allows the citizens of Cumberland the opportunity to recycle various items such as metal, plastic and paper.”

Meanwhile, the county site offers a list of vehicle donation and recycling information: Wheels for Wishes, American Red Cross Car Donation, American Children’s Cancer Association, and Kars4Kids.org.

Tires can be taken to any of the three convenience centers. There is a charge for some tires.