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No Plans Now For Spartanburg County Waste Transfer Station

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One of the biggest landfills in the state could be closing, but there's a catch that could still cause a stink. One of the biggest landfills in the state could be closing, but there's a catch that could still cause a stink.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

Updated August 21, 2013

Spartanburg County will not discuss the proposal for a waste transfer station at the Palmetto Landfill, according to councilman Roger Nutt.

Nutt represents the district where the landfill is located.  The people who live near the landfill want to wait until the landfill reaches capacity instead of having Waste Management create a transfer station, says Nutt.

There will be no other options pursued at this time to close the landfill. 

Updated: July 15, 2013

There will be a public information meeting Tuesday to talk about a waste transfer station in Spartanburg County. 

Palmetto Landfill could close within 18 months if the county allows Waste Management to build a transfer station not far away. 

The meeting is at Poplar Springs Number 2 Fire Station on Nazareth Road.  It lasts from noon until 8 p.m.

If you can't make it to the meeting, you can still fill out a survey on the issue.  Click here to fill out the short questionnaire. 

Posted: July 9, 2013

One of the biggest landfills in the state could be closing, but there's a catch that could still cause a stink.

Waste Management has agreed to close the Palmetto Landfill in Wellford in Spartanburg County if the county council allows the company to build a transfer station, said councilman Roger Nutt.

A transfer station is an enclosed building where as much as 2,000 lbs of trash would be brought each day by truck before being loaded onto larger trucks and shipped out of the county. Nutt says the trash would never spend a night at the facility.

In exchange, Nutt says Waste Management will close the landfill within 18 months, meaning it would be capped and grassed over. But by closing the site, Waste Management would be losing the permit attached to the landfill, and without that the company cannot seek to build another landfill.

Getting a new permit from state regulators is all but impossible. So what's the catch? Nutt says there isn't one, and he promises any deal with Waste Management would be in writing and include agreements to close the landfill, as promised.

Bob Peeler, a spokesman for Waste Management, said while his company would be losing the permit by agreeing to this deal, it's still a wise business decision. The county will also still make money from a fee collected from Waste Management for the transfer station.

A public information meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16 at the Poplar Springs Fire Department on Nazareth Road. Representatives from the county and Waste management are expected to be there, and the public is invited to drop in between noon and 8:00 p.m.

Nutt has also created a survey he wants people to fill out to be used to get a feel for whether people agree with the transfer station. Here's a link to the survey. Look on the right side of the page near the top for a link that says "Lose the Landfill?"

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