Greenville County’s Twin Chimneys Landfill could accept solid waste from Henderson County, N.C., and out-of-state customers should not get a discount on the landfill’s per-ton fee, say three Greenville County Council members who intend to propose a resolution setting an out-of-state rate.
Henderson County issued a request for proposals seeking hauler bids to take solid waste to several destinations. Greenville County is on the list because of space and proximity, Henderson County officials say.
Council members Joe Dill, Willis Meadows and Lynn Ballard announced Tuesday at an event held by Don’t Dump on Greenville that they are against a price break for out-of-state garbage. They will introduce a resolution at the April 7 meeting setting a $30 per ton fee for out-of-state waste, Dill said.
“We want to send the message that we’re not going to give away our space here,” he said.
Meadows said if the county does not charge a fair market rate for waste, it could have to raise taxes.
Eric Wyatt, attorney and northern Greenville County resident, said, “We don’t want to be the low-cost provider of landfill space.”
Dill also expressed concern about the damage that garbage-laden trucks could do to roads. Ballard added that road damage along with trash that blows out of trucks en route are primary concerns.
Eric Bedingfield, former county councilman and founder of the Don’t Dump group, said that the number of trucks, estimated at 3,000 per year, was a “safety and quality of life concern.” He said the $30 tipping fee was a “starting place” and the county could consider giving in-county private haulers a price break.
County Administrator Joe Kernell said at a workshop that the landfill’s estimated 80-year life would be shortened one year if it inked a five-year contract to accept 70,000 tons of Henderson County’s trash yearly. He estimated Henderson’s tipping fee could be between $19 and $24 per ton. According to county officials, fees range from $21.50 to $30 per ton.