HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - With the new year comes changes at Hanover County's solid waste facilities. You must now have a county or town of Ashland decal in order to throw away your trash. Having a decal isn't the new requirement, what's different is the enforcement.
"This is going to speed us up; our attendants will quickly be able to identify who's a legal resident and who able to use our facilities," said Director of Public Works Steve Chidsey.
Hanover gets over 900,000 cars through it's solid waste facilities every year. In the past, when folks didn't have a decal, they could prove they lived in Hanover with their drivers license. New licenses don't show which county you live in. And in Hanover, that's important, as there are a number of places that could be outside county limits.
"There's a Mechanicsville in Henrico and a Mechanicsville in Hanover; there's a Hanover, Hanover, a Hanover, King William, and a Hanover, Caroline," said Chidsey.
The special decal that you'll need to get if you are driving either a farm or commercial car to haul your household trash costs $10 and you only have to get it one time, same as the county decal.
"Farmers are actually not required to have a county decal; therefore, they will need to get a Department of Public Works issued decal, so we can identify them as Hanover County residents. The same thing applies to commercial vehicles that may be hauling trash from their home to their business place," he said.
This is something public works takes seriously as they want Hanover taxpayers to be the ones using Hanover county services. Attendants at the convenience centers check every car that comes through. While we were there, a car pulled up with no decal, which would have been alright if he could have proved he was a Hanover resident.
"It is effective January 1, but we recognize that there are residents who might not be aware of the change, and so we are going through a gradual implementation and education process," added Chidsey.