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NHC Commissioners divided on waste management solution

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©  The New Hanover County Board of County Commissioners saw presentations from two waste removal companies Monday morning. © The New Hanover County Board of County Commissioners saw presentations from two waste removal companies Monday morning.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The New Hanover County Board of County Commissioners saw presentations from two waste removal companies Monday morning.

The commissioners have long debated the best way to handle solid waste management in the county.  Now two companies have said they can take care of the problem.

Monday morning county staff presented proposals from the companies, Waste Management and Waste Industries.  As the workshop came to a close, commissioners had not selected one of the two companies to move forward with.

At one point during the workshop, Commissioner Jonathan Barfield made a motion to refurbish the previously-used WASTEC plant and continue using that facility.  No commissioners sided with Barfield's motion.  In an interview after the meeting, Barfield said that bringing back WASTEC is the most cost-effective answer and is easily the best solution to the problem.

Woody White, chairman of the board, said he was not satisfied with any of the proposals coming from either company at Monday's workshop. 

"Right now I'm unconvinced anything different needs to occur," White explained.

Commissioner Beth Dawson said she is confident one of the proposals from Waste Management or Waste industries will eventually prove to be the best option.  Dawson said both companies already operate in New Hanover County. She did not agree with Barfield's opinion on WASTEC.

The commissioners asked representatives from the two companies to be prepared to make presentations at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the board of county commissioners.

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