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OH BY THE WAY...

LOUDON COUNTY #1 PER CAPITA WASTE GENERATOR

FIVE TIMES STATE AVERAGE

LOUDON COUNTY LANDFILL ELEVATION TO GROW BY 50 FEET

LOUDON COUNTY FAILS TO MEET 25% WASTE REDUCTION GOAL

BY: PAT HUNTER

If you're driving along Highway 72 you're likely to see the Matlock Bend Landfill which towers over tree tops and Honda plant. The Matlock Bend Landfill's elevation is expected to grow 50 feet more. The odor is pungent and depending on the wind direction it travels for miles to the Matlock Bend community including Tennessee National, a gated community, and beyond. The solid waste commission has acquired additional land for future expansion.

At the August 14, 2012 Loudon County Solid Waste Disposal Commission meeting, Chairperson Steve Field waited until the end of the meeting to disclose some rather important information that was not on the agenda.

Field spoke about receiving a phone call at 4:00 pm concerning a letter from TDEC after submitting the annual tonnage report. He later said that the TDEC letter went to the mayors (Loudon County Mayor Estelle Herron) and cities of Lenoir, Loudon, and Greenback (Mayor Tony Aikens, Mayor Judy Keller, Mayor Tom Peeler).

LOUDON COUNTY #1 PER CAPITA WASTE GENERATOR

Solid Waste Chairman Steve Field spoke about Loudon County not meeting the 25% reduction goal. "I think that we might be number one".

Field was referring to Loudon County's per capita rate of waste generated that goes to the landfill divided by the number of residents in the county (tons per individual).

"We are five times the average which in their eyes (TDEC) is "Appalling" but if you consider our situation it makes sense" Field commented.

Loudon County will also undergo a "qualitative assessment" to identify the reasons why the county did not meet the 25 percent goal. 

It will be desirable for the cities to step up their recycling effort and to implement a recycling program for schools.

In the weeks ahead TDEC would meet with County Mayor Estelle Herron, Steve Field, and Gordon Harless to discuss this matter. Harless felt the county was doing their part.

"Because we are number one" we will be eligible for recycling rebates again this year commented Convenience Center Director Gordon Harless. Last year, the county was eligible for recycling rebates because it made the Top 11 waste generators statewide.  

According to TDEC press releases, Loudon County has made Top 11 Waste Generator list for 4 consecutive years. CLICK TO SEE -- LOUDON COUNTY TRASH -- TOP 11 WASTE GENERATORS - 4 YEARS CONSECUTIVELY

Loudon County was the only county not to meet the 25 percent waste reduction goal in the Top 11, all other counties met the 25 percent waste reduction goal, which was confirmed by TDEC.

(Please Note: The solid waste commission accepts out-of-county waste with the blessings from Loudon County Commission, Lenoir and Loudon cities. All three governmental bodies make appointments to the LCSWDC, five of which are county appointments and one each from Lenoir and Loudon City).  

 

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09-03-2012