For two days only, Gordon County residents will be able to bring up to 10 passenger car tires and old appliances including, refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, water heaters, and air conditioning units to the landfill for free disposal and recycling.
“This is a service we do for the citizens,” said Randy Dowling, county administrator.
According to Dowling, this free recycling day is in its sixth year in Gordon County, but this is the first year residents will be able to recycle appliances.
The standard fee for tire disposal at the Redbone Ridges Landfill is $2 for up to 10 tires, after which the rate is prorated by pounds at $100 per ton, according to Chris Johnson, General Manager of the landfill. For appliances, the cost is prorated depending on the pounds at $35.25 per ton.
According to Johnson, the landfill recycles the tires at Liberty Tire in Calhoun. The appliances are sent to a metal recycling facility after the chemicals, like freon, are removed, he added.
“I hope everyone will take advantage of this,” said Dowling.
The landfill averages approximately 1,000 tires on these amnesty days, said Johnson, and in its first year, the landfill received almost 5,000 tires.
No tire or appliance dealers will be allowed to recycle old materials for free on this day, and no tire rims or tractor tires will be accepted.
The landfill was built with Special Project Local Option sales tax dollars with the county’s first SPLOST project list. It became operational in the early 1990’s, according to Dowling.
While the landfill is still owned by the county, it is now operated by Santek Environmental, Inc. The county grosses an average of $1 million of pure profit from the landfill, Dowling said.
This annual event will take place on Saturday, April 16, and Saturday, April 23, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for residents of Gordon County. The landfill is located at 1224 Pleasant Hill Road, Ranger, and can be contacted for more information at (706) 629-5633.