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Talking Trash

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By Marina Giovannelli

Wilmington, NC – The New Hanover County solid waste advisory board looked at three scenarios to improve the county's trash management and save precious landfill space at a meeting Wednesday night.

In one scenario, the county's trash incineration plant, known as WASTEC, is shut down. In another scenario, WASTEC's funding is boosted.

The options also look at downsizing the personnel at the landfill, a move that may come if trash is exported to a landfill in Sampson County.

New Hanover County has struggled with its waste management for decades, and now there's a solid waste advisory board. The board will make recommendations to county commissioners based on the scenarios presented at last night's meeting.

"Trash is like taxes and death, it's a sure thing, you know, if you live on this earth you're going to generate trash, and it's going to have to be dealt with," said Buck O'Sheilds, chair of the advisory board.

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