County officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony recognizing the grand opening of the Faulkner County Solid Waste Management District's new location on Tuesday.

Officials convened at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the new location on Blaney Hill Road to celebrate the building's grand opening.

Now temporarily located at 2705 Blaney Hill Road, officials look to make the lot the department's new permanent home.

"We sure want to welcome everyone for being here," County Judge Jim Baker said Tuesday morning to a crowd of county officials and other residents. "We're proud of our new facility."

Moments before the ceremonial ribbon-cutting presentation, Baker said he and other officials hope to make the plot a permanent home for the Faulkner County Solid Waste Management District.

"We hope to make this our permanent home in the future," he said, noting the current lot is a leased property agreement. "We're proud of this new building and our staff. We're just tickled to death [about this opening]."

Staff members moved into the facility in February, with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the facility Tuesday morning.

The Faulkner County Solid Waste Management District is one of 18 regional solid waste districts in the state. Each of these districts are overseen by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

Districts are tasked with a variety of duties that include:


Collecting, studying and evaluating data regarding the solid waste of all locations within that specific district.
Formulating plans for providing adequate solid waste management for residents.
Reviewing applications for Certificates of Need for solid waste disposal facilities.
Monitoring compliance of all solid waste permit holders with state and district regulations.
Providing public notice of and participating in any findings or rulings of the district board.
Encouraging recycling by district residents, businesses, industries and other government entities within the district.

Jean Jasso, office manager at the Faulkner County Solid Waste Management District, said she and other employees were excited for the move.

"This is just so great for us and everyone else," she said before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.