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The Solid Waste and Recycling Department of Henderson County and the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) made of of citizens appointed by the commissioners, has recently presented a Solid Waste Feasibility Study to the Board of Commissioners. This report offers information on the upcoming changes in the local handling of solid waste and presents a plan to adapt our local transfer station to bring it into compliance with state regulation. Citizens may review this study at www.hendersoncountync.org/soli dwaste. One of the highlights of the report is the overall plan to upgrade the Stoney Mountain facility to make access to various waste and recycling areas easier and safer to use. The refurbishing will be completed within eighteen months.


As a result of the recent Solid Waste Feasibility Study citizens will find work beginning on the refurbishing of the recycling area of the Stoney Mountain transfer station. There will be improved facilities to handle materials that are banned from landfills according to state law. On October 1, 2009, plastic bottles, wooden pallets, and oil filters have been banned from landfills. All these materials can now be recycled at the Stoney Mountain Transfer station. In addition to this expanded service, electronics recycling is offered at the transfer station every Wednesday from 9 am to 12 pm. Most items are accepted free of charge, except for a $5 fee for a regular TV and $15 for a console TV. Review the website at www.hendersoncountync.org/solidwaste for more information.


A solid waste issue being discussed is franchising routes for local trash haulers. Franchising districts of the county would be a cost effective and efficient use of haulers’ equipment and time. The franchise contract is also accepted as an asset to the hauler who can use the contract as collateral to borrow funds to upgrade equipment. Franchising allows the Solid Waste department to control waste flow, a necessity to keep the transfer station an enterprise fund, that is operating without tax money. Haulers may be able to reduce fees to customers under a franchise system. The disadvantages of franchising include local government interference with a number of local small businesses and the loss of customers’ ability to choose their own hauler. The commissioners have made no decision on this issue and will seek public input.


Recycling is the method to reduce waste in the county’s waste stream. Many items we use everyday can be reused. On the Solid Waste Department website, www.hendersoncountync.org/solidwaste/solidwaste there is an informative video that explains types of recyclables and their further use and reuse. There is also a link to a site that explains why some plastics can not be recycled and discusses recycling within North Carolina. There are two other interesting items on the recycling page. The county will loan recycling bins to events to reduce the event solid waste and help organizations support active recycling, just fill in the application. There is also a price list for recyclers and reusers who are interested purchasing compost bins or recycling bins. Check it out!


There are several factors that will be affecting solid waste trash collection in the coming months. The changes are being mandated by changes in state law. These changes will effect citizens because they may increase hauling fees and change the way citizens dispose of their municipal solid waste (MSW), that is what comes from our homes. Local trash haulers will be required to upgrade their equipment so that there is no water leaking from the truck. Often trucks lose water on the street as they drive through a community. In addition all haulers are going to be required to offer recycling. The proposed refurbishing of the transfer station is being done in part to help haulers adapt to this recycling requirement. Local haulers have been working with their customers to help everyone understand the changes in types of materials collected and how they will be collected.



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