After almost 40 years of living with a neighbor that has riddled their streets with trash, residents of the Rogers Road neighborhood are one step closer to being able to send their garbage somewhere besides their own backyard.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners met with the Chapel Hill Town Council, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen and the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners Thursday night, and the group decided to look into ways to dispose of county trash to meet the proposed June 2013 landfill closure date.
County commissioners previously discussed using the Durham transfer station, which would ship Orange County trash to Virginia, as a short-term solution, but public officials at the meeting spoke in opposition to making the county’s trash someone else’s problem.
Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton said using the Durham station would cost the town about $200,000 more annually and worried that the fix would become permanent. He proposed looking into opening a transfer station at the N.C. Highway 86 and Interstate 40 intersection in Chapel Hill instead.
“I don’t think (the Durham transfer station) is a responsible use of taxpayer dollars — it’s neither fiscally nor environmentally sustainable,” Chilton said. “We’ve by no means concluded that that site does work, but we strongly believe it’s possible that it could work. ”