Highland Community Action is making a request of county residents to obey the rules for its county recycling program.
Clint Davis with Highland Community Action, who took over the program from the County on a part-time contract, said they've been experiencing problems with illegal and improper dumping at their recycle bin sites.
There were originally 12 recycle locations throughout Highland County, but Davis says that's now down to ten due to improper dumping.
"People were dropping off items that were not recycling," said Davis. "They were just dropping their trash there and hoping that it would get taken away. So we're asking folks to make sure that what they bring is recyclable and that it gets dropped into the bins."
Davis adds that the problem doesn't just stop at trash.
"Some of the biggest problems we've had is furniture," said Davis. You can't just bring your old mattress or couch and drop it off at the recycling bins. It clutters up the site, it gets the land owners and neighbors mad at us, and since it can't be recycled, we then have to pay someone to come and haul it off."
Items accepted at the recycling bin sites include plastic or glass bottles or jugs, aluminum and tin cans, paper products, and clean cardboard. Items prohibited at the sites include wood, appliances, furniture, tires, batteries and hazardous materials or chemicals.
The following is the list of the ten sites throughout Highland County where residents can take their recyclables:
Hillsboro- Board of Education at 39 Willettsville Pike
Sunoco at 489 E Main Street,
Hi-Tech Center (BMV, JFS, OMJ) at 1575 N. High St. (located behind office at back of parking lot)
Dodsonville- Terry’s Grocery at 1505 U.S. 50 near Rt. 134
Greenfield- Sunoco at 950 N Washington St. (behind building)
Leesburg- Premier Grain at 116 S. Fairfield Street
Lynchburg- Downtown Main St./Rt. 134 near Dollar General
Marshall- Marathon Station at 11070 St. Rt. 506
New Market- Shell Station at Rt. 62 & New Market Rd and Paint Township Building at 12470 US Rt. 50