The Benton County Satellite Convenience Center is suspending the operation of the Siloam Springs location for the foreseeable future amid COVID-19 concerns.
In an effort to maintain the health and safety of citizens and the District employees, Benton County Solid Waste District is suspending the Convenience Center Program and the Composting Program effective immediately and until further notice. Due to the number of daily and weekly interactions created with these programs, we believe this step is necessary in order to assure our greatest chance of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus to the public or to District staff. Benton County Solid Waste District will maintain administrative functions as well as the rural recycling program and tire collection from dealers.
Pursuant to the District’s Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan, Benton County Solid Waste District conducted a risk assessment for suspension of each service program operated by the District considering numerous factors:
- Potential outcomes related to environmental protection and public health
- Potential of our staff becoming infected from interactions with the public
- Potential for our staff to spread Coronavirus to the public
- Potential for adverse effects on our citizens from unexpected loss of services
- Potential operational and functional changes where possible to allow adequate protection for our staff and the public
Benton County Solid Waste District has determined that the risks to staff and the public are heightened as a result of continued operation of the Convenience Center Program and the Compost Program. Benton County Solid Waste District has nearly 400 people per week utilize the programs creating an untenable opportunity for exponential spread of the virus. The potential adverse effects related to temporary suspension of these programs is nominal as temporary stockpiling of either yard waste materials or bulky items, etc. will not quickly cause an environmental or public health crisis.
Benton County Solid Waste District will re-evaluate the risks to District staff and the public as new information is received and will re-open the programs at the earliest time deemed safe to do so.