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Residents begin purchasing trash center tags

Newton County began selling car tags for access to the county’s trash collection convenience centers Thursday.

The tags cost $50 and will be required to access the county’s 11 convenience centers on Oct. 15. Tags can be purchased at the fire services headquarters, 4136 Highway 278 in Covington, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by credit or debit card with $1.25 transaction fee or by check.

By noon Thursday, less than four hours after they became available, the county had sold around 100 tags.

Around 10 people were at the fire services building shortly after it opened to purchase their tags, according to Newton County Public Information Officer, Macrae Brennan-Fuller.

“When I was here this morning everything was running pretty smoothly,” Brennan-Fuller said. “They seemed pretty happy with how the process was moving.

Mary Clay, a resident of the eastern side of Newton County, and 30-year user of the county’s convenience centers, purchased a tag for her car and said the process was painless.

“It was a fairly simple process,” Clay said. “The process was very easy.”

To purchase a tag a Newton County resident must fill out an application form and provide identification. The tag is good through June of 2017, though the centers have been scheduled by the Newton County Board of Commissioners to close in February.

Tags will also be available at the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, 11325 Brown Bridge Road, Covington starting Sept. 22. The office will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 31 2016, excluding county holidays.