by Lisa Tome
As county council members look to trim the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, one service potentially on the chopping block is daily trash disposal at the Woodlawn Transfer Station.
"If it was only open on Saturdays would we be able to serve the customers?," asked Council president Robert Hodge, last week during budget talks.
Pete Bieniek, Chief of Cecil's Solid Waste Division, said people would hire trash haulers and stop using the Woodlawn Transfer Station, if the service days were cut.
Bieniek provided statistics of the number of people who use the facility which is between Colora and Port Deposit. In 2014, 3,263 residents used the site. He then
broke that number down into number of times Woodlawn is used:
Number of people who used the facility 26 times or more in 2014 - 161
Number of people who used the facility 21-25 times - 132
Number of people who used the facility 16-20 times - 224
Number of people who used the facility 11-15 times - 455
Number of people who used the facility 6 to 10 times - 515
Number of people who used the facility 1-5 times - 1,776
From January 1 to May 15 of 2015 2,167 people have used the facility.
Average daily use is 50-99 customers and the busiest day at the transfer station is Saturday.
The facility is open 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Scott Flanigan, the county's Director of Public Works, said that when the county offered free trash disposal with recyclables, people would go to the landfill everyday.