FELLSMERE — The new Fellsmere Customer Convenience Center where county residents can drop off their trash is now open, despite a delayed official grand opening ceremony.
The $2 million facility, located at 12510 County Road 512, about two miles west of Interstate 95, opened yesterday. The center replaces the original, which is two decades old. The grand opening was supposed to happen Friday, but rain pushed officials to postpone the event to next month.
The center takes in both trash and recyclables, including tires, old appliances and hazardous materials such as paint and batteries. Tires, too, can be dropped off, though the limit is two tires per resident each visit.
The way the new site works, residents pull in and toss their garbage bags over a wall. Their bags then fall into a receptacle below, which is then hauled off to the landfill once filled.
Recyclables can be placed in corresponding containers marked for aluminum cans, plastic, newspaper, and cardboard.
The Fellsmere Customer Convenience Center is open only to Indian River County residents. Businesses and those from out of the county are not permitted to drop off their trash at the facility.
The center, like the other four in the county, is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. The center is also closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day.
Other centers are located as follows:
Gifford: 4901 41st St.
Winter Beach: 3955 65th St.
Roseland: 7860 130th St.
Vero Beach: 950 First Place
The county landfill is located at 1325 74th Ave. SW and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day.
What they accept:
Hazardous Waste: cell phone batteries, Styrofoam from large appliances, motor oil (limit two gallons), oil-based paint, items containing mercury, and “Sharps.”
Yard Waste: less than a small pickup truck’s worth and items smaller than 3 inches in diameter (any more or larger must be taken to the landfill)
Tires: limit two per resident per visit
Appliances and Electronics
More Information: Call the Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District at (772) 770-5112 or visit the department’s Web site, www.IRCWaste.com.