Change in hours takes effect Dec. 1
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A decision at the October meeting of the Southwest Nebraska Solid Waste Agency (SNSWA) board will result in hours of operation changes for its tree and compost site.
The board, which represents local governments in the county, is the decision-making body for operation of the transfer station, the C & D site, as well as the tree and compost piles, all located south of Imperial.
Unfortunately, there continues to be a problem with illegal dumping at the tree and compost sites, something the board has been dealing with for several years.
Beginning Dec. 1, all of those free dumping areas, which had been open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will open only during the normal business hours of the transfer station and the C&D site.
Imperial City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said the dumping of items such as furniture, tires and mattresses in the tree and compost pile areas are requiring staff to clean debris out of there almost daily.
City staff work at the transfer station and C&D site, south of town, and the city office does the agency’s bookkeeping.
“Lately, there have been a lot of tree branches placed in the compost pile,” Leyland said.
The compost pile is only for grass clippings or other yard waste, such as weeds, old garden growth, etc.
There is a separate pile for trees and branches.
A third area accepts concrete pieces.
Everything else must go through either the transfer station or the C&D (construction and debris) site.
Leyland said, starting Dec. 1, and through the winter months, the entire site will be closed to the public except during normal business hours, which will be:
Tuesday through Friday—1 to 4 p.m.
Saturday—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Outside of those hours, the gate off of Avenue 331 (junk yard road) will be closed and locked.
Leyland said they realize these hours will not be as convenient, but the continued problem of illegal dumping made it necessary.
She was uncertain whether the board would decide to go back to 24-hour a day access next spring, or not.