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Newton County extends trash center tag purchase deadline

Newton County extended the deadline to purchase vehicle tags for its trash collection convenience centers to Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Starting then, Newton County citizens will be required to display the hang tag in order to dispose of their trash at one of the county’s 11 centers.

Residents may purchase hang tags Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through the remainder of the year — excluding county holidays — at the Newton County Fire Service headquarters, 4136 Highway 278, Covington and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, 11325 Brown Bridge Road, Covington.

The tags were created and implemented after the Newton County Board of Commissioners decided to charge for the trash collection convenience centers to help balance its fiscal year 2017 budget. The tags were anticipated to generate $1 million dollars, with the closure of the centers in February to save another $1 million.

As of Friday, the county had sold 2,960 vehicle hang tags for a total of $148,025. Originally tags were needed to be purchased by Oct. 15.

The tags will expire June 30 or when the centers close, whichever comes first.