Where do old mattresses belong? Not on the side of the road.
By Jana E. Pye, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite all the efforts that the City of Darlington, the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association and the Beautification Board has done in recent years to facilitate clean up efforts, one problem persists; many residents still assume that the city will pick up large items place on the curb.
“It’s frustrating,” said one resident that wished to not be identified. “We all pitch in to help with clean up efforts, but people keep dumping out old furniture and mattresses on the side of the road. Not to mention, the trash thrown out of car windows. It’s really depressing.”
I asked the resident if they would be willing to find a few locations that I could note for this story.
After a quick, 30-minute drive through the city of Darlington, the resident found mattresses, tires, and furniture pulled to the sidewalk and into the road on the following streets:
East Broad Street
North Hampton (behind a church, notes our friend!)
Old Diamond Hill warehouse
South Warley Street
Williamson Park Drive
Joe Lewis Boulevard
South Main Street
And that is just a start.
According to Lisa Chalian-Rock, City Planner for the City of Darlington, the city has not provided this service in quite some time.
“The City of Darlington does not pick up furniture, mattresses, appliances, or other bulky refuse.” said Rock. “This has been a part of the City’s Code of Ordinances since at least 1991.”
She shared the section of the Code that addresses this issue:
Sec. 70-2. Bulky refuse.
The city will not pick up appliances such as, but not limited to, refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, dishwashers, trash compactors, washers, dryers, air conditioners and commercial large appliances. The city will not pick up furniture or any household items, all of which must be disposed of by the owner, occupant, contractor or vendor.
(Code 1977, § 6-1002; Ord. No. 91-16, 12-11-1991; Ord. No. 92-4, 4-7-1992)
So, where do you bring your old mattress, broken coffee table, et cetera?
The Darlington County Landfill and staffed drop-off sites are the proper places to bring those items:
Darlington County Landfill
The landfill is located at 2301 Great Cypress Road Darlington.
No fee is charged to Darlington County residents using this landfill.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. – Noon.
Check in at Scale House.
The county has 13 staffed drop-off sites available for Darlington County residents, one load per day:
The following sites are open Mondays – Fridays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
Station 3 – Old Ruby Site. 1218 Old Ruby Road, Hartsville
Station 5 – Bay Road Site. 1332 Bay Road, Hartsville
Station 8 – Smith Ave Site. 715 Phillips Street, Darlington
Station 12 – Lamar Site. 601 Bay Branch Road, Lamar
The following sites are open Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Station 1 – Society Hill Site. 212 East Depot Street, Society Hill
Station 2 – Antioch Site. 2425 Antioch Road, Hartsville
Station 4 – Pine Ridge. 2229 West Old Camden Road, Hartsville
Station 6 – East Lydia. 315 East Lydia Highway, Hartsville
Station 7 – Dovesville. 250 Dovesville Highway, Darlington
Station 9 – West McIver. 424 West McIver Road, Darlington
Station 10 – East McIver. 1318 East McIver Road, Darlington
Station 11 – Syracuse. 3204 Lamar Highway, Darlington
Station 13 – Centerville. 319 Centerville Road, Hartsville
For more information, call: 843-398-4800 or visit: www.darcosc.com