Charleston County Council deadlocked over recycling site, companies

By Liz Segrist
Published Jan. 8, 2014

Following nearly four hours of debate over which company should run the county’s recycling services, Charleston County Council voted Tuesday night to extend Republic Services’ contract for 60 days.

Councilman Vic Rawl proposed the short-term extension with Republic to give council some more time to explore their options regarding the companies and the potential sites for a new recycling center. Republic manages the county’s Romney Street Facility.

The council expected to make its decision between Repower South and Sonoco at its Tuesday meeting. Both companies gave presentations on their recycling capabilities and anticipated costs.

The winning company could have expected taking over the Romney Street Facility on Jan. 31, when Republic’s contract was set to end. Both companies also laid out plans for a new recycling center in the county.

The county has had trouble securing land for the new recycling center. A site near the Bees Ferry Landfill in West Ashley has been in discussions for months, but nearby residents objected to having the facility there.

Last night, council considered building the new recycling center on a site at the Palmetto Commerce Parkway but decided to defer it until the next council meeting.

Council appeared to lean toward Sonoco, when it voted on a 10-year contract with the company, but the vote failed, 4-4 with one abstention. Council Chairman Teddie Pryor said he couldn’t support either company without land secured for the future facility.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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