Construction to begin on new Convenience Center in Slabtown

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By Stan Welch

Construction on the new Slabtown convenience center is slated to start in two weeks, according to Greg Smith, Anderson County Solid Waste Director.

Smith says the new facility, slated to replace the outdated and overused center now in use, will be a showpiece. The existing facility serves an average of 1800 customers a week. The new facility is being designed by Joyce Engineering, out of Charleston. The projected cost is $1.047 million.

Located on seventeen acres of land adjacent to the Three and Twenty Fire Department substation on Pickens Drive, the new facility will have three compactors for trash and a separate one for recyclables.

There will be a total of ten forty cubic yard containers for use. The facility will accept used oil, oil filters, and batteries. Smith said he hopes to be able to install a used antifreeze device as well. The site is expected to open in December of 2016.

District Six Councilman Ken Waters said he is very happy to see the project, which has been in the works for a couple of years, coming to fruition. “The current facility is totally inadequate to the growth that our end of the county is experiencing. This new site will be a great boon for the people in our area.”