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Commissioners vote to shut down WASTEC

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Commissioners made a big decision about the future of the county's trash during their meeting last night.

R3 is out of the picture and New Hanover County was using WASTEC at the cost of about $500,000 a month. With the current budget, no money is allocated to continue doing that, and commissioners voted to immediately shut down the plant.

This means that several employees will be laid off, like Frank Benogozzi, who has worked at WASTEC for 25 years.

"Well, there's a lot of families and, you know, and right now times are hard so it's going to be tough for people to find jobs in a bad economy," he said.

Commissioners say that the county was losing money every month. They hope to develop a comprehensive plan to bring back to the board.

Benogozzi says he hopes other employees will be given a job when that time comes.

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The county should have let

The county should have let Waste Management buy it when they had the chance, instead they gave the bid to R3 which ended up in the landfill with the other trash. Waste Industries was going to shut it down & truck the trash to Sampson county. Waste Management is a worldwide Fortune 500 corporation that was willing to purchase Wastec, put the money into it that was needed & getting it back to working At 98% capacity. They not only have the money but the resources as well. Now 38 people have been laid off & the landfill might last 10 years instead of 50!! What in the world is the county thinking?!?!