Global market for recyclables is down in the dumps
Local governments try to do their best in keeping recyclables out of local landfills, in part because it extends the life of the landfill and saves taxpayers money, and in part because of the tremendous energy savings realized when something like a glass bottle is made into a new glass bottle.
Local waste management resources expensive, finite
Most people don’t give a lot of thought to what happens when they throw something away, but the ecological and economic consequences of the western consumerist lifestyle don’t end when that bag, bottle or box hits the garbage can.
Market is down, but Macon County recycling continues
While the global market for recyclable materials can fluctuate month to month, Macon County residents are encouraged to continue utilizing the county’s recycling program.
Single stream increases recycling in Swain
Swain County has had a recycling program in place since the 1990s, but a recent change over to a single-stream recycling program has increased participation among residents.
‘Zero Waste’ group forms in Haywood
Recycling is great but there is more people can do if they want to keep trash out of the landfill — don’t produce as much trash.
Plan presented for Green Energy Park makeover
Jackson County got its first glimpse at what a reinvigorated Green Energy Park campus might look like when a preliminary master plan was presented during a county commission meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Francis Farm landfill needs cover
A problematic landfill in Waynesville’s Francis Farm community will be seeing a lot of activity between now and 2019 — about $5 million worth.
Macon to purchase additional landfill property
Macon County is taking the final steps to expand its landfill life expectancy by 60 years, likely the last expansion before the county will have to figure out a new plan for disposing waste.
Commissioners recently approved purchasing two tracts of land that will enable the county to expand the current MSW Landfill on Pannell Lane in Franklin. For a total of about $1.5 million, the county plans to purchase 14.5 acres from Donald Burling at 256 Pannell Lane and 8.3 acres from Charles and Wendy Dalton at 198 Pannell Lane.
Shouldering the cost of Haywood’s old landfill contamination
Underground contamination leaching from an old, closed-down landfill in Haywood County will cost millions to clean up, a burden homeowners countywide will be forced to bear through higher trash fees over the coming decade.
County commissioners got their first glimpse this month at how much each household will have to chip in over the next 10 years to pay for the cleanup.
In murky aftermath of bid snafu, truckers jostle for trash contract
A tug of war between two Jackson trucking companies over a high-stakes contract for hauling trash was settled last week following days of political tension.
Jackson County commissioners had to decide which of the two local truckers would snag a $2.5 million four-year contract to haul trash to a landfill in Georgia.