UPDATE (3/10): Clayton Gsell, R3′s chief operating officer, called us Wednesday on behalf of Robin Grathwol to say she was very very busy, but knew we wanted to get in touch with her. It appears Grathwol asked Gsell to call us and run interference instead of calling herself. Gsell said there was not much she could say, but the company was considering issuing a statement either Friday or Saturday. But since we haven’t spoken to Grathwol ourselves, as far as we’re concerned she’s still MIA, so we’ll call it Missing – Day 4.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Robin Grathwol, you promised the people of New Hanover County your company, R3, would take care of their trash in a new and exciting way. You promised you’d be able to sift through it, turn some of it into energy and recycle the rest. You promised you’d eventually be able to get rid of our landfill.
Now it appears your company can’t live up to what it promised. Why can’t it meet its deadlines? Is there any new state-of-the-art equipment here to start sorting garbage installed yet? Why have you abandoned your offices? Why won’t you call the media back and answer these questions?
Robin Grathwol, you owe the people of New Hanover County an explanation…
Click here to check out the background of this story: http://www.wwaytv3.com/2011/03/08/only-3-has-new-hanover-countys-new-garbage-company-skipped-town
UPDATE (3/9): R3 told the county last week that it doesn’t think it can meet its April 2 deadline to come up with an operating plan.
County Commissioner Jason Thompson told Chad Adams on The Big Talker FM this morning that the county can’t do anything until that date. He says if R3 can’t meet the deadline, it has posted a $384,000 bond that it would have to turn over to the county.
“They’re a private business. They’re under no obligation to contact the media,” Thompson said. “I know they’re talking to our staff. Our staff can get in touch with them just about every day for the last several weeks.”
While R3 is a private company, it is also now a government contractor, which if it succeeds will be subsidized by taxpayer money.