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Waste Management discusses the best way to handle trash

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At least three companies are vying for the attention of New Hanover County's Solid Waste Advisory Board. Tuesday night, Waste Management held a forum to share its proposal, called an Environmental Park. "It's a proposal that enhances the local infrastructure to make sure we're doing the right thing for solid waste," said Waste Management’s Greg Peverall. Waste Management hopes the board will take its plan into consideration, but the board seems to be leaning in a different direction. Solid Waste Advisory Board Chair, Buck O’Shields said, "We have reviewed their proposal twice and didn't come up with a recommendation that the proposal be used." What the board is expected to propose is investing millions of dollars over the next five years into the current Wastec facility, paid for by the cost of dumping at the site, called a tipping fee. O'Shields said an increase in tipping fees will be included in the recommendation. "The key to all of this is that a tipping fee be set by the commissioners that will adequately fund the maintenance and repair needed of Wastec, and the operations of the landfill," he said. Barbara Wilder attended the forum and said, "I appreciate their getting the word out there and I think that's important, but I think that it was also important to recognize that there are other proposals. There are people in charge who are looking at these proposals." Peverall from Waste Management said his company would cut costs by thirty percent, as well as adding a number of services to the community. County commissioners will hear the Solid Waste Advisory Board’s recommendation at their meeting next Tuesday.

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