New Hanover County has released R3 from its contract to take over the county's solid waste management, County Manager Bruce Shell announced at a Friday morning news conference. R3 now forfeits its bond that guaranteed its work.
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.
"There are some very interesting aspects of the R3 innovative technology proposal as it pertains to recycling potential, carbon credits and renewable energy credits, and significant long-term cost benefits to the County," stated Bob Brickner, GBB Executive Vice President and GBB’s lead consultant on the County project.
"New Hanover County is going to be taking a risk. I would be the last to say it can't work. It may, but there's not a proven track record. If I was going to buy the newest car with the best gadgets, that could also fly and go underwater, I would make sure it worked first."
Now R3's leaders are apparently missing. We stopped by the company's local office on Market Street today and it was locked up and empty. We also left messages Monday on a voice mail system for CEO Robin Grathwol, but she hasn't called us back.