New vouchers will allow NKY residents drop off bulk trash, furniture

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Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 12:06 PM EDT
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COVINGTON, Ky. (WXIX) - A new voucher system that goes into effect Tuesday will allow Covington residents to drop off yard waste, bulk items like furniture, and a limited number of tires for free at the Covington transfer station.

City officials say the program is the newest step in the ongoing effort to work with Rumpke Waste & Recycling to improve the effectiveness of waste collection and keep Covington and its sidewalks clean.

“Our goal is simple: Make Covington cleaner,” Sheila Fields, who manages the City’s Solid Waste & Recycling Division, said. “With the voucher program, we’re doing two things: addressing residents’ concerns and making it easier for them to use the transfer station, and trying to head off a problem – too often old furniture and tires are illegally dumped or left for the City to manage.”

Rumpke assumed operation and management of the transfer station at 4399 Boron Ave. in July 2020 and has been working with Covington to create more drop-off opportunities for residents.

The station is open for drop-offs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Obtaining free vouchers:

  • Residents can pick up one voucher per month on a first-come, first-serve basis at City Hall at 20 West Pike St.
  • They first must contact the Solid Waste & Recycling Division at (859) 292-4417.
  • They will need a valid ID with a Covington address.
  • Pickup hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To redeem a voucher:

  • Simply present voucher and an ID to the scale attendant at the transfer station.
  • Attendants will examine the load.
  • Residents can use up to two vouchers per visit.
  • The vouchers expire every six months (the end of the fiscal year June 30 and the end of the calendar year Dec. 31). The expiration dates enable the City to gauge the success of the pilot program and to build its cost into the budget.

Limitations on waste:

  • What’s allowed: Yard waste, bags of trash, bulky items such as furniture and rolls of carpet, and up to four tires - off the rim.
  • What’s not allowed: Appliances with freon, metals, construction debris like rock and dirt, batteries, electronics, chemicals and other liquids.
  • Size limits: Small trailers are acceptable, but they can’t be more than 8 feet long. Transfer station attendants have the right to reject voucher use for loads that are unusually large. (For example, while a normal-sized pickup truck is fine, a box truck or a pickup with high staked sides would be subject to normal charges rather than the free voucher program.)

Residents who drop off mattresses and upholstered furniture don’t have to wrap those in plastic.

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