Hundreds of people in Albemarle County say they do not want what the powers that be are calling a "convenience center" anywhere near them.
A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday night for Albemarle supervisors to get input on the location of one proposed site. The county is looking at a site on Mill Creek Drive and another in Keene as potential places for the first trash center - but neighbors in the Mill Creek area say it's a bad idea, and are expressing their disapproval through an online petition.
The Board of Supervisors is trying to transition from public to privatized trash centers by ending its contract with the Ivy landfill. The idea is to scatter the trash into three facilities that look like the McIntire Recycling Center in Charlottesville.
"We'd like Mill Creek Drive to be taken off the list for consideration - not even consider putting the convenience center there. It's at the northern end of the service area and all the other reasons I mentioned, it's just a bad idea," said Neal Grandy, president of the Mill Creek HOA.
Mill Creek neighbors also stress that this decision needs to be delayed because it the result of a previous board.
The county wants the first center up and running this summer. Albemarle County spokesperson Lee Catlin says there are a lot of misconceptions about what a convenience center really is.
The public meeting is set to start Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Albemarle County Office Building auditorium.
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