Request to expand Wake County landfill deferred until next commissioners’ meeting

Wake County Board of Commissioners (Wake County)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Wake County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday night ended with a deferred action in regards to a request made to increase the capacity and number of counties Shotwell Landfill serves.

Shotwell is asking to increase the capacity to 1,000 tons of debris.

The landfill is permitted to receive 250 tons of construction debris a day from Wake and Johnston Counties.

John Roberson, solid waste director said the landfill wants to add seven additional counties, including Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee and Orange.

Roberson says they want to be in line with competitors.

He said Brownfield has a daily limit of 1,100 tons of debris, while Red Rock has a limit of 2,000 tons.

Also, Highway 55 Greenway has a limit of 822 tons, but Shotwell only has a limit of 250 tons of debris.

Roberson says similar requests have been denied twice in recent years.

A teenage girl attended the public hearing and talked about why the request should not be approved. She said the commissioners should consider the welfare of those who live nearby Shotwell Landfill.

Neighbors in the community say they are upset that the landfill has operated for several years with little oversight from state environmental authorities.

One commissioner proposed deferring first reading vote until a later date. The commissioner said they want to find out more about factors like water quality.

Other commissioners agreed. It was a split vote.

Action has been deferred until the next meeting.

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