03/15/05 — Duplin to study plans for new solid waste transfer station

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Duplin to study plans for new solid waste transfer station

By Bonnie Edwards
Published in News on March 15, 2005 1:49 PM

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Commissioners will hear a report on plans for a new solid waste compacter-transfer station at their meeting Monday.

The commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall in Wallace.

Solid Waste Director Bee Barnette will present plans for the station, at which garbage and other solid waste would be transferred to large trucks for shipment out of the county. The ground under the current station near Rose Hill is giving way, engineers say. It was built 14 years ago as a temporary measure and was expected to last for eight years, says Barnette.

Barnette said he considered three consulting companies before choosing Municipal Engineering to come up with a design. He said Municipal Engineering designed the Lenoir County transfer station and landfill.

Barnette said he visited transfer stations in other counties to find the type that would best suit Duplin's needs, one that would last for 20-30 years. But he said that he tried to keep expenses to a minimum and was "not looking at a Cadillac."

If Duplin officials decide to build a landfill and stop hauling its solid waste out of the county, Barnette noted, the transfer station would no longer be needed.

"In Lenoir County, we shut down a good transfer station, because we built a landfill," said Barnette, who came to Duplin from the Lenoir County Solid Waste Department. Duplin transfers an average of 91 tons of solid waste a day. The county has to get rid of its trash one way or the other, Barnette said, adding that he believes the countye can do it cheaper than a private company can.

"The only way a private company can make money is to bring in mega-trash," he said, "and you know it won't be from Duplin County."

Commissioners voted three times on whether to hire an engineer before agreeing to do so.