Commissioners vote to shut down WASTEC
4 years ago
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Commissioners vote to shut down WASTEC

New Hanover County Commissioners made a big decision about the future of the county's trash during their meeting last night.
FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: County releases R3 from garbage contract; Will cost taxpayers more to keep current system in place
4 years ago
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: County releases R3 from garbage contract; Will cost taxpayers more to keep current system in place

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.
ONLY ON 3 UPDATE:  R3 CEO Robin Grathwol – MISSING: DAY 4
4 years ago
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: R3 CEO Robin Grathwol – MISSING: DAY 4

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.
R3 calls “being held accountable” Yellow Journalism
4 years ago
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R3 calls “being held accountable” Yellow Journalism

R3 finally spoke up today. But not to taxpayers of this county via the media about missing deadlines or the lack of financing. No, it chose to lash out at the media via Facebook.
ONLY ON 3:  The news release from the consultants which recommended R3 to New Hanover County
4 years ago
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ONLY ON 3: The news release from the consultants which recommended R3 to New Hanover County

"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.
State Recycling Director warned New Hanover County last summer that R3 was a risk
4 years ago
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State Recycling Director warned New Hanover County last summer that R3 was a risk

"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."
ONLY ON 3:  Has New Hanover County’s new garbage company skipped town?
4 years ago
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ONLY ON 3: Has New Hanover County’s new garbage company skipped town?

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.