County convenience sites reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday

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By Greg Summers

After a four-day closing related to Hurricane Florence, the county’s 12 convenience sites will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
“The Republic Landfill in Lee County reopened this morning,” Willis said just before lunchtime Monday. 
He said trash containers at the county sites are being picked up now, so they will be empty on Tuesday.
Willis pleaded for frustrated users to “quit leaving bags of trash in front of the convenience sites.”
That thoughtless act, he noted, means that it will actually take county employees longer to pick up the now-full metal containers since the bags have to be moved to open the gates.
“You’d think people would know better,” he said. 
The Republic Landfill in Lee County closed at 9 a.m. Friday as Florence came ashore, so there was no place to haul garbage until it reopened.
“We were at their mercy because we truck everything out of here,” said Lancaster County Public Works Director Jeff Catoe. “There was no other place for us to take it to.” 
The county’s convenience sites will open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday.          
“We’ll be open tomorrow [Tuesday] rain or shine,” Catoe said.

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