One popular service of the Webster County government that was sidelined when COVID-19 began may not be coming back, as members of the fiscal court discuss selling the county’s fleet of cardboard collection trailers.

Until last year, those trailers were stationed at various locations around the county to make it easier for residents to recycle cardboard and other paper products.

Magistrates initially voted to approve selling the 5x10 ft boxed-in trailers, but reversed the decision until a determination could be made on how to most fairly handle selling them.

“They are currently setting, and like anything else, after they sit for a while, they will begin to deteriorate,” said Judge Executive Steve Henry. “They also take up a lot of space.”

Magistrate Tony Felker questioned Henry about whether the county should consider keeping the trailers since Pratt Paper is spending around $400 million to open a new paper plant in nearby Henderson. He said the location would likely accept recyclable cardboard.

“Its always been an expense to the county,” Henry said. “We used to pay for it out of coal severance. Now we have to pay for it out of the general fund.”

The trailers will likely be brought up to surplus at the next Fiscal Court meeting.

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069