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Landfill director has idea for groups: pick up trash to earn cash

Thomas Cue, the director of the King George Landfill, gets about 20 to 30 requests a month for donations.

He presented a novel idea to the King George Board of Supervisors Tuesday. What if the groups pick up some trash in exchange for the cash?

Chairman Cedell Brooks Jr. wanted to make sure he heard right.

“So the only way you’re gonna get a donation now is you’re gonna have to work on the side of the road?” Brooks asked.

Cue said there will be always be groups, such as Wounded Warriors, that he and his bosses would never say no to, when they sought donations.

“But if the football team wants new helmets, yeah, let’s let them pick up trash,” Cue said.

Cue wanted to see what the supervisors thought of his idea, and members let him know this wasn’t a decision for them to make. They said they’re not responsible for the safety of anyone picking up litter along State Route 3, near the entrance to the landfill.

“But I think what you’re proposing is phenomenal,” said Supervisor Ruby Brabo, noting that Cue should make sure participants sign waivers and have adult supervision.

Supervisor John LoBuglio also liked the approach.

“I think it’s a great way of showing the young people it’s better to put in some work and not just be asking for a donation,” he said.

Cue said he gets requests from high-school groups and dance teams, those involved in music, academic and sports contests as well as from adult groups.

He’s vigilant about keeping the roads around the landfill clean from litter that blows off trucks, so there’s always a need for patrols. He said he’s not obligated to pick up trash on Route 3, but does anyway.

He will supply helmets, vests, bags and pickers, the devices that can be used to retrieve soda cans, diapers and lottery tickets from the ground. The organizers would have to provide insurance and adult supervision, Cue said.