The Rutherford County Solid Waste Department will have fully incorporated a painted stop bar, stop signs, and vehicle awareness signs at each of the 14 county Recycling Centers in the coming weeks.
“We are placing large stop signs near the entrance of each center. We are painting stop bars and placing signs that request residents to stop and wait in line before entering between each trash compactor,” says Solid Waste Director, Mac Nolen.
The Rutherford County Recycling Centers have experienced an increase in departmental injuries due to county resident vehicular accidents.
Mac Nolen stated, “A Rutherford County employee was seriously injured by a resident while working at our recycling center. A resident accidentally crushed the leg of an employee with their vehicle. We have had two similar incidents within the past two months without personal injuries.”
The increase in the population of Rutherford County has greatly affected the traffic flow in the Rutherford County Recycling Centers. Residents will have to be prepared to stop before dumping their garbage, and only one resident will be allowed to dump at a time. The new safety measures will be fully incorporated in the coming weeks.
“This will probably cause longer lines and wait time at all of our locations, but the safety of our employees and residents is our top priority,” says Mac Nolen.
For more information about the center operations, please visit: http://solidwaste.rutherfordcountytn.gov/index.html
Attachments: Picture of the Walter Hill Recycling Center