Frederick to add new convenience center

Posted: August 30, 2013

The Winchester Star

Debris from old playground equipment lies on the ground near the future Citizens’ Convenience Center, the former site of the old Gainesboro Elementary School south of Cross Junction. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

GAINESBORO — Residents in the northwestern part of Frederick County soon will have another place to take their trash and recyclables.

A new Citizens’ Convenience Center — located near the former Gainesboro Elementary School at 5629 North Frederick Pike (U.S. 522) — is projected to open in November, according to Gloria Puffinburger, the county’s solid waste manager.

The new site will replace the current Gainesboro center, located less than five miles away on Gainesboro Road.

The approximately $445,000 center has been on and off the county’s budget for about 10 years. The current site is too small for the number of people who use it, and entering and leaving the property can be difficult because of the amount of traffic, Puffinburger said Thursday.

“The [Public Works] Department is thrilled to be able to finally bring this [center] to fruition to provide better service to the western side of the county, a large geographic area that’s been underserved for a long time,” she said.

Work on the new site began in June, and crews have been pouring concrete there this week.

The compactor at the current Gainesboro center will be scrapped because it’s about 25 years old. The county will install a new compactor once the center opens and the containers for recyclables will be moved to the new site, Puffinburger said.

The new site also will offer added recycling services that the current center does not have, she added.

There are 11 Citizens’ Convenience Centers, in addition to the regional landfill, in Frederick County. The centers accept standard household refuse and recyclables like glass, cardboard and aluminum.

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