Service free to residents, replaces Sun Valley
Starting Oct. 1, Indian Trail residents can dump their trash for free. The town council entered into an agreement with Waste Pro USA during their Tuesday, Sept. 13 meeting, first to manage a dump site and then to take over garbage service from the current contract with Action Garbage.
“A couple weeks ago, we were approached by Waste Pro USA,” Indian Trail Town Manager Joe Fivas said. “We talked about making the service a little stronger (and) possibly adding services.”
One of those added services is access to the company’s facility at 3901 Gribble Road, where Indian Trail residents can dump their normal trash and recycling materials. The facility will be open during business hours on weekdays and on limited hours on Saturday. Additionally, Waste Pro will provide free Christmas tree pickup and disposal after the holidays and sponsor several community clean up days next spring. In order to drop trash at the facility for free, residents would just have to show some identification, proving they live in Indian Trail.
“I have been approached with several residents’ concerns with the potential closing of the Sun Valley Drop Off Center,” council member Roger Stanton said. “This free drop off center will be a great value added service for residents.”
During budget discussions this year, county commissioners decided to close down some of the landfill facilities in operation. They reached an agreement with the towns of Unionville and New Salem to keep the New Salem facility, 7910 N.C. 218, operational on Saturdays. That facility, starting Oct. 1, will only be running between 7 a.m and 7 p.m on Saturdays. Additionally, all bags weighing more than 13 gallons now cost 50 cents as opposed to the original cost of 25 cents.
The county failed however to reach an agreement with Indian Trail to keep the Sun Valley site, 1407 Wesley Chapel Road, going. County commissioners asked staff to look at other options, including increasing the bag rate to 75 cents, in order to keep the facilities open. A presentation on that is scheduled for the county board’s Monday, Sept. 19 meeting.
The change will also save Indian Trail $20,000, Fivas said.