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Hall compactor, recycling sites busier after Christmas holiday

POSTED: December 27, 2013 12:05 a.m.

Toccara Cantrell of Gainesville throws away some of her Christmas trash at the East Crescent Drive compactor site. A big family celebrating the holiday generated "a lot of" trash, Cantrell said, and, according to family tradition, will wait until after the new year to throw away its Christmas tree.

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After opening gifts, residents’ houses become filled with discarded wrapping paper, bags and packaging. After Christmas Day, much of that moves to Hall County’s compactor and recycling sites.

“The morning started out pretty slow, but by 1 p.m. we were just swamped,” said Johnnie Vickers, Hall County’s Solid Waste director. “We had five roll-off trucks running, and I have several crews from road maintenance helping us.”

Compactor sites around the county are open 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. The recycling center at 1008 Chestnut St. in Gainesville is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, but a drop-off area in front of the center is open 24 hours a day.

Vickers said he anticipates today and Saturday to be the sites’ busiest days.

“Just so much out there, we are going to try to clean up as much as we can tonight,” Vickers said Thursday.

The compactor sites and recycling center accept Christmas trees, which will be turned to mulch and made available to residents the week of Jan. 8 at the recycling center. The recycling center also accepts paper, plastics and a variety of electronics. For more information on what’s accepted, visit


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