Lee County to charge for construction debris

Lee County StockBy Robbie Ward
Daily Journal

TUPELO – An increasing volume of construction materials dropped off at the Lee County Solid Waste Transfer Station in the Skyline community led the Board of Supervisors to adopt a policy Monday that charges county residents who leave large amounts.

Lee County residents who have solid waste accounts with the county can drop off up to 1,000 pounds of construction materials annually at no charge and must pay $34 per ton afterward.

Terry McGlaun, Lee County solid waste director, said the facility has experienced an increased amount of materials dropped off.

“We had a lady call last week who wanted us to take a whole house,” McGlaun said.

Supervisors said the policy change reflected a charge for residents bringing excessive amounts of materials while still allowing a reasonable amount of construction debris for do-it-yourself projects. Board president Bobby Smith said the new policy could be evaluated to make sure it works.

“We can always tweak it again,” he said.

County residents can drop off at the transfer station, at no cost, the following items: general household garbage, bagged leaves, furniture, refrigerators and other appliances, up to 25 tires per year.

Commercial businesses are charged $34 per ton of waste with a $5 minimum.

robbie.ward@journalinc.com