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A busy day for garbage
On Thursday, the Warren County Sanitation Department site on Fairgrounds Road had a line of vehicles trailing down the street beginning at 8 a.m. The day after Christmas is the busiest day for trash collection each year.

Everyone’s talking trash the day after Christmas, the busiest day for collecting garbage and recycling at Warren County Sanitation Department.

The convenience center gates opened at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning. By 8 a.m., traffic was backed into the street on Fairgrounds Road. Over 250 vehicles had entered by 1 p.m.

Packaging, gift bags, cardboard boxes, plastic, wrapping paper and other items were collected following holiday celebrations. Two lines were formed to create quicker access to the trash and recycling bins, yet throughout the day, traffic was still backed up.

“This is the busiest day of the year for us without a doubt,” says Warren County Sanitation director Josh Roberts. “I’m expecting to pull out at least two to three more bins by the end of the day.”

Throughout the morning and early afternoon on Thursday, four furniture bins and three trash bins, which are 42 feet long and hold 12 to 14 tons of trash each, had been collected, compacted and taken to various dumps. The compactor compresses the trash into a smaller size in order to make more room inside the bins.

Roberts estimates over 100 tons of trash will be collected by the end of the day with the Fairgrounds Road location being both the largest and busiest sanitation site. 

“This is the largest amount of trash I’ve taken to the sanitation department the day after Christmas,” says Michael Herron as he dropped off items at the Fairgrounds Road site. “So far, things are running quickly and smoothly.”

All items are sorted into different bins depending on what each is comprised of, such as trash, cardboard or aluminum. The trash is hauled to Southern Central Iron and Metal on Manchester Highway, as well as aluminum cans, where they are recycled. The cardboard is driven to a location in Tullahoma. 

“We take in a lot of cardboard, food and wrapping paper,” says Robert. “I have to credit all of my employees for this day running so smoothly. They do an excellent job and we all work together as a team.” 

The Warren County Sanitation Department’s main location is at 477 Fairgrounds Road. For more information, call 473-0853.