GARBAGE PAYS OFF BIG

Landfill revenue increases $300,000

By BRIAN GRAVES

Posted 10/10/17

Bradley County's coffers will see a $300,000 increase over last year in landfill revenue.Santek Vice President of Marketing Cheryl Dunson gave County Commissioners the annual report on landfill …

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GARBAGE PAYS OFF BIG

Landfill revenue increases $300,000

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Bradley County's coffers will see a $300,000 increase over last year in landfill revenue.

Santek Vice President of Marketing Cheryl Dunson gave County Commissioners the annual report on landfill operations during their work session Monday afternoon.

The county will see a deposit of $876,825 as part of Santek's Community Improvement Commitment donations. Last year, the amount was $566,455.

County Mayor D. Gary Davis reminded commissioners those funds are earmarked "to go a long way toward our commitment to paying for Lake Forest."

"Two years ago, we restructured the agreement with the county and increased the amount of volume for the landfill to a certain point," Dunson said.

That agreement states Santek would not accept waste at the landfill at a volume in  excess of an average of 400,000 tons of solid waste per calendar year except by prior written approval of the County Commission; provided that in the event that the tonnage for a calendar year falls below that year's applicable tonnage limitation.

Dunson presented numbers showing the landfill accepted 405,013 tons of solid waste in 2016-17,  up from 293,642 the previous year.

"A part of the contract allows us to use whatever we don't use up to 400,000 tons the previous year, we can take in that volume the following year," she said.

Dunson said the remaining life span of the landfill based on current volume is 28 years.

"I remember when we put this proposal together several years ago, we guaranteed you 30 [years'] capacity, and we are on projection to meet that," she said.

Dunson said a new cell is currently being constructed at the landfill and liner is expected to be installed next week.

Recycling numbers were also presented showing increases in paper products, aluminum, batteries, tires, white goods and C&D. The collection was slightly down for glass and oil.

"All of this is due to who is using the centers, how often they are using them, and where they can take their waste and make money," Dunson said. "Typically, the cash cows in the waste industry are aluminum, scrap metal and cardboard."

She noted pubic involvement has included two household hazardous waste collection events this year, with a total of more than 800 residents participating over the course of the two separate days.

"We have had good turnout," Dunson said.

"I want to give great thanks to BCSO Environmental Officer Tim Mason," she said. "He provided a generous amount of inmate labor. If it hadn't been for Tim and his crew of guys, I don't know what we would have done."

"People are so appreciative of the county holding this event," she added. "You would not believe the number of thanks we get and how much people enjoy coming out."

Dunson said last year's Chipping of the Green brought in 125 Christmas trees for mulching, a small number she said was "not the one I had hoped for."

She cited the increase of artificial trees and electronic decorations as being the culprits in the decrease of the use of real trees.

Santek and Prospect Elementary won its 10th straight BEST Partner, Platimum Award.

"Every year, we do a service project with Prospect," Dunson said. "This year, our service project will be the SPCA of Bradley County. We are really excited about what we are going to do. We're going to have a supply drive, a fund drive, and a dog show."

"We're really going to bring attention to what SPCA of Bradley County does for this community and the school is very excited," she said.

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