Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Orange County may soon be entering an agreement to settle a somewhat trash-y dispute.
The towns and county are now working together to negotiate an interlocal agreement to streamline the management of municipal waste services. Orange County has already signed on, but Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough have yet to formally agree. The parties had previously established a joint working group called the Solid Waste Advisory Group to aid in the negotiation process.
The group is made up of two government representatives from each party involved in the agreement. It also contains one representative from both UNC and UNC Health Care, although those members do not have voting power.
According to the agreement, it will “provide a framework for the development of consistent and unified communication among the parties regarding solid waste and recycling.”
Randee Haven-O’Donnell, a member of the SWAG and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, said the agreement will help the parties work together.
“The agreement is set up so that the parties involved — Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Carrboro and Orange County — are all on the same page on how they’re going to manage and govern the rate setting and regulation of solid waste facilities and programs,” she said.
Haven-O’Donnell said the agreement would help the parties move forward from tension that was created when Orange County decided to close the old Orange County Regional Landfill in 2013.
“There was an ill feeling back when the landfill closed ahead of when municipalities were ready for it to do so,” she said.
At an Orange County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Commissioner Barry Jacobs, another member of the SWAG, said the tension led to a contentious start to negotiations over the agreement.