Convenience Center compacts its 1st bag

Posted: January 24, 2014

The Winchester Star

The new Gainesboro Citizens Convenience Center, located behind the old Gainesboro School, opened Thursday. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

GAINESBORO — Frederick County officials helped open the locality’s newest Citizens Convenience Center at 7 a.m. Thursday, throwing a ceremonial first bag of garbage into the site’s compactor.

The 11/2-acre site at 5633 North Frederick Pike (U.S. 522), behind the former Gainesboro Elementary School, replaces the former location at 680 Gainesboro Road.

The approximately $445,000 center was funded primarily with money from the sale of the old Gainesboro Elementary School and surplus funds from the county’s fiscal year 2013, according to information previously provided by Gloria Puffinburger, Frederick County’s solid waste manager.

The new site is completely paved — some centers in the county have a mix of paved and gravel surfaces — and has a separate area for recycling in addition to new equipment, according to Robert “Bob” Hess, supervisor for the county’s Gainesboro Magisterial District.

A new Gainesboro center has been on and off of the county’s budget for about the last 10 years. Work on the site started in June.

“Clearly the [former] Gainesboro site has been substandard for many, many years,” Hess said after a Wednesday night meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

“This new site’s just going to be a tremendous improvement and, I think, encourage more recycling and be much more convenient for folks... It’s something that’s been sorely needed for a long time.”

The new site — like the Clear Brook center — has easy access for vehicles and could be a model for the county to use when designing any new locations or improving existing ones, Hess said.

The center’s hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Wednesday and open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Additional information on Frederick County’s Citizens Convenience Centers is available online at

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