The four commissioners in New Hanover County could not agree on a plan for waste, so the status quo remains and the county will continue to handle it while the amount of waste gets closer to the landfill's capacity.
The county is going to eventually run out of landfill space and is working to find a solution on how to handle solid waste.
Jonathan Barfield, along with Commissioner Thomas Wolfe says choosing private companies would not be in the best interest of the citizens.
Chairman Woody White said Waste Industries and Waste Management offer a great opportunity to be able to handle the future of waste now as opposed to waiting when the county is out of landfill space and has no other options.
Commissioners heard from Waste Industries and Waste Management during a meeting in May for the second time. Both companies are competing for the county's business and both claim they have the most sustainable solution.
Based on the proposals submitted by Waste Management and Waste Industries, they are expected to discuss what action (if any) to take regarding whether or not to direct staff to begin negotiations with one of the two companies for solid waste management in NHC or direct staff to continue handling the operations as they are today, which is with county personnel.
The CEO of Waste Industries proposed to haul the county's trash to Sampson County for $38 per ton.
Waste Management would haul it for $36 and are partnered with Robeson County.
Commissioner Barfield spoke up during the meeting and said that the companies did not seem too concerned about the citizens, but just about money.
"Trash is a scary, dirty business, and I believe the county can handle that best ourselves, as opposed to privatizing," Barfield noted. "My concern is that it will cost the tax payers a lot more money in the long term, if we send this to a private corporation. At the end of the day I have been elected by the citizens here to represent their interests and not some corporate company's bottom line."
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