Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Benton County Convenience Center

November 7th, Benton County will open its first convenience center which will take the place of the countywide annual cleanup days. Residents can dispose of household items normally not picked up by the garbage man. The convenience center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday except on holiday weekends. The first convenience center is expected to open November 7th behind the Benton County Road Department on Highway 102 in Bentonville. Access to the facility will be on Melissa Drive off Southwest I Street. This center will cost around $10,000 to open, the funds are coming from the county Environmental Department budget. Not having the annual fall cleanup day, which costs $18,000 a year will offset the cost of building the new center. Use of the convenience center will be free to all county residents through the end of 2009. After that time, the county will decide if it will be necessary to charge residents to dispose of household waste. "We really want it to be a service to the community and not any kind of profit making venture," says Chris Glass County Administrator. Residents can dispose of: mattresses, computers and couches. It is still undecided whether it will accept tires or hazardous wastes. Should the initial convenience center prove successful, the county will ope additional locations. (paraphrased from an article in the October 3rd Benton County Daily Record article by Tabatha Hunter.)