On the first Thursday of every month, the roads between Randolph and Tucker counties might be pretty busy - at least we hope.
Last week, the Randolph County Commission announced that residents of Randolph County can participate in the Tucker County Landfill's free disposal days.
Since the Randolph County Landfill closed last September for financial reasons, the city of Elkins has been trucking its waste collections to Tucker and other haulers have designated locations as well. However, members of the Solid Waste Authority and County Commission have expressed concerns about the people who aren't signed up for any garbage service. Apparently, many had "stored" their refuse and made a monthly trip to the Randolph landfill on what was known as "free dump day."
Lately, though, some of this "storage" has gotten out of hand, at least according to one member of the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority and the photographs he's taken around the county.
Other residents have said they're worried that people are tossing their garbage in various wooded areas throughout the county. Still others have said paying a hauler isn't in their budget and they've pleaded for a free day.
Tucker County's offer is a tremendous help to Randolph County. Seeing truckloads of garbage going up the mountain is a relief for everyone concerned with keeping refuse properly disposed.