Rowan Fiscal Court, in cooperation with Advanced Disposal Services, is offering free disposal day this weekend at the landfill on KY 801.

The disposal is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. until noon.

You must be a Rowan County citizen and all loads must be tarped to avoid spillage.

No commercial truck loads or trailers or hazardous materials will be accepted.

In addition to items too big or heavy to set out by the curb, the cleanup day presents an opportunity to dispose of regulated items like tires at a cost of $6 each ($12 for commercial tires).

“They can bring mattresses, furniture, household trash, televisions — just about anything that would find its way into a trash can, the landfill or worse … a field in Rowan County,” said Tyler Brown, solid waste coordinator. “Rowan County is committed to ensuring a safe and clean community for our residents and visitors to enjoy, but it’s a team effort between our residents and our businesses.”

Paints and oils cannot be accepted.

“This is something we work out contractually through the landfill to offer the citizens of Rowan County a free day to help to utilize the landfill and help clean up their property, and in turn, the county,” Brown said. “It’s also serves as a reminder that when you are bringing your trash to the landfill, to bring in any used tires on your property at a small cost as well because they are a hazard and against the law to leave abandoned.”

When a replacement tire for a motor vehicle is purchased, the tire replaced becomes a waste tire and is subject to regulation by Kentucky’s waste tire program, according to state law.

If an individual or company keeps a waste tire, they assume the responsibility for ensuring it is managed and disposed of properly.

The state agency warns:

“Unmanaged waste tires represent an environmental and health risk to the commonwealth through fire hazard and as a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. It has been demonstrated that mosquitoes breed 5,000 times faster in the water that collects in tires than in water accumulations that occur naturally in forests.”

Waste tires found in Rowan County are targeted for enforcement action and the owner of the tires and/or property being subject to financial penalties and cleanup cost.

Violations of waste tire laws are subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 and an additional penalty of up to $1,000 for each day during which the violation continues.

Brown’s priority since he was hired two years ago has been to help clean up dump sites.

The county has purchased new technology to help catch the litterers and have already caught multiple citizens.

Dumping and littering in the county is subject to maximum penalties of a $500 fine and up to 12 months in jail.

For more information, contact the county’s Floodplain-Solid Waste Office at 784-6345 or email at rcsw@windstream.net.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.