MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Colquitt County employees are asking people to be patient as they clean up after a devastating fire. The huge fire destroyed the county's waste transfer station last week.
The transfer station's supervisor He says in his 29 years, he's never experienced such destruction. Now residents have to drive elsewhere to dispose of their waste.
Crews were hard at work at the transfer station today moving the solid waste that remains after the fire.
"We have close to 45,000 people living here in Colquitt County and anyone could bring household garbage, construction demolition, any type of debris out here, and we would transfer it and take it to a landfill," said Waste Mgr. Stacy Griffin,
But now the transfer station is shut down. "The community is hurting right now because they're not able to dispose of their waste," he said.
On March 23rd, smoke and flames taking over the entire structure. Almost a week later, debris still smoking, and county residents without a useful resource.
"Garbage doesn't stop. We pick up around 10,000 carts a week, that's residential household garbage," said Griffin.
Griffin says the city of Moultrie is helping out with the county's residential garbage right now. But for other solid waste, he says residents must go to the landfills in Valdosta or Thomasville for the time being.
"We are trying to rebuild or get back on our feet as soon as possible. It will be a couple of months, but we do appreciate our surrounding counties and cities accepting our garbage," said Griffin.
Right now the cause of the fire is under investigation, and the county is working with their insurance company to determine if the station is a total loss.
The transfer station is still accepting recycled metal, cardboard, and inert waste such as tree branches.
If you have any questions about other landfill locations call the public works department at 616-7475.