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Columbia transfer station lessens McDuffie's load

A new solid waste transfer station in Columbia County has taken the load off of the McDuffie County Transfer Station. As a result, the county will be able to save some money in the long run.

McDuffie's Solid Waste Manager Don Clauson said Advanced Disposal on Columbia Road has significantly reduced the stream of commercial waste - mostly auto foam from the Pelzer Plant - coming to his station since opening in early November.

In October of last year, the McDuffie station was handling upwards of 150 tons of trash per day, nearly three times its design capacity. Because of the waste overload, county commissioners had begun considering a $200,000 expansion to the transfer station that is now on hold.

"It has taken enough off of me that we were looking at the point that we can handle it with the size that we have now," Mr. Clauson said.

Now, instead of rushing to catch up to the demand while having to deal with construction at the same time, Mr. Clauson said he can take it slow and make sure the expansion is done right, if it needs to be done at all.

"It would have been nice, but it would have been one major headache to run this one and then add on to the back of it too," he said. "So it saved us that problem, and it gives me a chance to research transfer stations a little more and see which direction we want to go."

As a result of the overload last fall, the semi-annual Trash Amnesty Day in October was cancelled. Mr. Clauson said his crews already had trouble keeping up with the volume of trash and wouldn't have been able to handle the large influx from the event.

But the pre-Master's Trash Amnesty Day is back this year. On March 25 from 7 a.m. until noon, residents can bring in trash from yard, home and garage cleanup at no charge. Tires and commercial waste are not included.

"Now we're sitting to where we can get our place in shape, and we've got it so we can handle another Trash Amnesty Day," Mr. Clauson said.

Web posted on Thursday, March 9, 2006

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