WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties will be hosting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day this coming month on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

The event, which is open to all Wythe and Bland residents, will be held at the Transfer Station located at 169 Kents Lane in Wytheville from 8 a.m. to noon.

Part of the counties’ initiative to keep Southwest Virginia litter-free, the hazardous waste collection day will provide local residents with an opportunity to dispose of unwanted items that typically are not accepted at local convenience centers – at no cost to the citizen.

Acceptable items include computers and monitors, copiers, TVs, ballasts, fluorescent lights, batteries, paints, poisons and corrosives.

Organizers of the two counties’ household hazardous waste day say the event plays a great role in reducing the risk of environmentally harmful materials from being improperly disposed.

Officials of the Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties say that the event will be on a first come, first serve basis (no scheduling or appointments) and that the contractor will have sole discretion over the acceptance or denial of any substance brought to the collection event.

Prohibited items will include all waste from small businesses (commercial or industrial entities, including home-based businesses), as well as explosive, radiological, asbestos or biomedical waste.  (Explosives include Dynamite, Nitro Glycerin, Blasting caps, Ammunition, Grenades, Fireworks, etc.)

Residents who have questions concerning the event are encouraged to contact the Joint Public Service Authority at 276-228-4907.

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County officials are attributing great communications and inter-governmental cooperation for being the key components in allowing a bridge replacement in the Max Meadows community to go off without any issues earlier last week.

Beginning at 7 pm on Monday, July 31, VDOT contractors closed the entrance to Millers Creek Rd. with plans of the keeping the road closed for twelve hours as workers removed the existing bridge structure, replacing it with a prefabricated bridge.

Though necessary, the work would leave the dozens of residents of the Millers Creek community without a main entrance, effectively isolating the landowners from the rest of the county.

“Anytime you look at leaving an entire community cutoff from emergency personnel, it’s a serious situation,” said Joe Hale, Vice Chairman of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors and the representative of the Max Meadows area.

“Recognizing the gravity of this situation, our first responders were well prepared and went above and beyond their typical duties in order to ensure that residents in Millers Creek would be cared for should an emergency have occurred.”

Fortunately, no emergencies did occur during this time and workers had the bridge available for emergency use, should it have been necessary, by 10 p.m. and county officials feel that many should be recognized for their efforts.

“The success of this project is testimony to the importance of great communication between governmental agencies,” said Hale, who stated that the communication between VDOT and the county, the county and citizens, the emergency dispatch center and first responder agencies all worked together for a flawless outcome.

“We simply wanted to thank all county staff who communicated and planned effectively, VDOT for their role in keeping us informed, the first responders who were willing to deviate from their typical plans in order to protect a single community, and the workers on the ground who took their jobs serious. It was great work and many people deserve credit,” concluded the two-term board member.

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