Between having a local landfill that is free for use by residents, and weekly pick up of household garbage by the county, local roads should not be littered with trash and debris….but they are. Sharkey County is fortunate to have a Class I and II Landfill located on Old Highway 61 just north of Rolling Fork.
So, what can you take to the landfill? Class I means household debris (furniture, mattresses, construction debris, etc…) are accepted, and Class II means they take limbs and other yard rubbish. There is no charge to Sharkey County citizens for taking loads to the landfill. Professionals do incur a charge.
The landfill also takes regular tires for recycling – again free to citizens. These are sorted separately, and there is a charge for tire businesses. An Amnesty Day for large equipment and 18-wheeler tires is offered four times a year on the last Wednesday of every quarter. The next
Amnesty Day will be held on May 26, again, no charge for citizens.
Some items that go to the landfill must be separated and go into a roll off dumpster, this would include any items with a motor – electronics, computers, small appliances, or anything that holds water. These items are then taken to the Greenville landfill and Sharkey County pays the disposal fee.
Mr. Stanley Sherman operates the landfill which is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.; it does close during the noon hour. It is also open Saturdays from 7 a.m. -12 noon.
In addition to having a landfill, Sharkey and Issaquena county residents have weekly garbage pickup by the county at a very reasonable rate. This household garbage does not go to the local landfill but to a separate waste facility in Washington County. Every residence should have a trash can provided by the county.
Much of what people clean out of their homes and yards, and then toss into a ditch, could be taken to the landfill – including those tires we see on the side of the road. Litter like bottles, cans, wrappers, and take out containers should be put in a trashcan – we’ve all got access to one. Let’s clean up Sharkey and Issaquena counties; put trash where it belongs. Remember…”Dunk It. Don’t Junk It!”