8 APR 2009  •  by Matt Saldaña

⇒ Background: “Where should Orange County stick its garbage?” (cover story, March 11, 2009)

Building and operating a waste transfer station would cost Orange County taxpayers roughly $55 million over 20 years—less than the cost of paying private companies to haul trash over the same time period, according to a draft report issued by the county’s consultant last week.

County leaders had requested the report as part of their final-hour survey of alternative options for waste disposal, including the temporary use of private waste haulers. Charlotte-based firm Olver was paid $254,000 to implement a 16-month long site-selection process that has narrowed the county’s choices for a transfer station down to two sites along N.C. 54 in southwestern Orange County. (more)