The idea that Beaufort County might have to begin phasing out "convenience centers" should be dumped. Here's a better idea: Have everyone pay a very modest fee to use the centers.
Using figures in your Feb. 18 story, if 130,000 monthly users paid just $2 per use, the monthly gross would be $260,000. Subtract the $135,000 it costs the county monthly to haul the stuff away, and the monthly income would be $125,000. That's $1.5 million per year, which can cover a lot of trash removal and recycling costs, as well as a little net income.
"Pay to dump" sounds radical doesn't it? Naysayers can bicker about paying for something homeowners and renters have had for free, how hard it will be to collect the fee and a tiered payment schedule (not worth the hassle).
At age 70, I contract for trash pick-up, but several times a year I need to throw out yard and miscellaneous debris. I am one of the 130,000 monthly users who need a convenience center.
Another selling point to my "pay to dump" plan: It would encourage people who bring only one or two bags to save up a little and stop clogging the traffic flow.
Have a children's contest to name and design a logo for this plan, with financial prizes for the top five winners and their schools. The new county income will easily cover the cost, and I will be happy to help develop, design and promote the contest.