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Stone: Landfill should compete for business

ALBANY, Ga. -- After seeing revenue in Dougherty County's Solid Waste Enterprise Fund drop by 21 percent last year and having tonnage at the county landfill drop by 20 percent, county commissioners determined Wednesday that action must be taken immediately to reverse that trend.

"I think we were all working on the budget so hard we didn't realize we were in this situation with the landfill," District 6 Commissioner and Public Works Committee Chairman Jack Stone said at Wednesday's Dougherty County Commission meeting. "We lost $30,000 last year, and we cannot run the landfill like that. There's got to be some changes made.

"That landfill is a business, and it has to be run like a business."

County Solid Waste Director Scott Addison said one of the primary concerns is competition for collection of construction and demolition waste.

"Contractors know what our tipping fees are, and they're able to negotiate lower fees knowing ours aren't going to change," Addison said. "If we're allowed to negotiate those fees, I think we'd have an opportunity to increase the amount of C&D waste we receive."

Stone said he's preparing to ask the full commission to approve that request and others in an effort to reverse the solid waste revenue decline.

"The Public Works Committee will ask this board to allow the landfill to negotiate, with the approval of (county administrator) Richard Crowdis, to get more C&D without coming before us," Stone said. "If the man down the road knows (the county) can't come off their price a dime, he's going to lower his cost by 50 cents and get the business.

"Our folks are sitting out there with their hands tied, and we need to bring them into the real world."

Prior to the landfill discussion, the commission voted 4-3 to reappoint incumbent Chris Hatcher to the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission for a two-year term. Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker had also expressed interest in the position.

"These are the best two (opposing) candidates we've ever had for this position," Chairman Jeff Sinyard said after the vote.

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Due to the excessively high tipping fees the site cleanup contractor for the Radiator Shop on Broad ave less than one mile from the City of Albany and Dougherty County's offices opted to truck $$$ thousands of dollars in tipping fees to the Landfill in Thomasville. The crazy thing is the Sss million dollar cleanup was paid for with SPLOST funds from citizens of Dougherty County. Probably at least a couple hundred thousand $$$$ of local tax money was given to Thomas County Landfill because our local DOCO Landfill charges about twice prr ton than many others.

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

In business sometimes increasing prices is nit the solution. In many situatiotiins like DOCO landfill you simply needto increase volume Thats hard to do when your tipping fees are the highest in the SW Ga Region. Jack is correct it has to be run like a business.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 11 months ago

Can someone please explain to me how A GARBAGE DUMP can loose money? Dougherty County should be able to make a million dollars a years off this...after all, it has bee shoveling s*** for years!

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 11 months ago

Cheaper to dump at Oxford Construction's "Maple Hill Landfill" that is now located next to the former Cooper Tire Plant... which, by the way, was almost no more the last time I drove by...

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FryarTuk 1 year, 11 months ago

Did Jack Stone say what was reported: "I think we were all working on the budget so hard we didn't realize we were in this situation with the landfill," and then "We lost $30,000 last year, and we cannot run the landfill like that." Now how long does it take Jack to write a budget? Who looked at the budget last year or even 6 months ago? Does Jack really write a budget? Can Jack Stone walk and chew gum simultaneously?

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Oxfords Landfill is only Permitted by EPD to accept certain materials. No household garbage. The garbage contractor for all of the City of Albany transports to either Valdosta and or Taylor County. That is directly due to Dougherty County Landfill's non competitive Tipping Fees. Other Landfills charge in the range if $17 to $18 per ton. Last I checked DOCO was like $30 or $32 per ton. That is s big number. That is why contractors and others send garbage and other stuff out of the County to other EPD Approved Landfills.

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HalfFan 1 year, 11 months ago

The ones outside the city not only haul the garbage to a different county but also charge their customers an extra fuel fee. This fee should not be allowed if there is a closer landfill.

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jglass 1 year, 11 months ago

Sounds like DOCO landfill is chopping off their nose to spite their face. Decrease the rates to get more business/volume.

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1d2ec 1 year, 11 months ago

OK so we fill the landfill, What is the COSTS to provide a NEW landfill?

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Hauling close makes a lot of sense. 1d2ec. You sound like one of those not in my backyard guys. Trust me the other guys are making money and plan fir future growth. Think of all the wasted fuel it takes to haul garbage 100 miles vs 20 miles daily. We are talking multiple trucks. All the extra fuel usage just adds to demand and think of all the extta air polution due to commutting our garbage.

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stc1993 1 year, 11 months ago

Last time I called the landfill they told me it was $35 no matter how little you had up to 800 lbs, I believe that's what they told me (It's been awhile back). I took it to MapleHill for less than $20 if my memory is correct. I didn't even know about Maplehill, My brother who is a roofer told me about it & that it was a lot cheaper.

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Stc1993 very true Maple Hill can accept those kinds of waste. Landfills have to meet certain design guidelines and apply to EPD for a Permit to operate. DOCiO is permitted for household garbage in addition to inert waste such as roofing and construction materials like wood and drywall. Maple Hill is definetly cheaper and closer for most. Maple Hill is also private and operated like a business. They understand you need volume. 1000 tons at $20 is bettet anyday than 100 tons at $35.

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RedEric 1 year, 11 months ago

This town is run by Democrats and the Democratic mindset is just make it illegal to dump anywhere else but the government landfill! If you run it like a business you will be accused of being a Republican, Independent or worse a Tea Partier. You know weird people.

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

True if you are a Smart Business man that knows how to make money and charge less you will be accused of all kinds of things by the government especially when your pricing is as much as 35% lower that theirs for the same thing.

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