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NRRA to accept outside waste

The Dublin Town Council voted Thursday night to approve a resolution to allow the New River Resource Authority to accept solid waste from the Joint Public Service Authority (JPSA) of Wythe and Bland counties.
Joe Levine, NRRA’s executive director, attended Thursday night’s Dublin Town Council meeting to propose this resolution.
"The economy has had an impact on everybody," he said, explaining that people are buying less, so therefore they are disposing of less and recycling less.
From the 2007-08 year to 2008-09, the NRRA saw a 30,000 ton reduction in solid waste, which resulted in a $1.4 million decrease.
By accepting solid waste from JSPA, Levine said, "this would have a good impact on the stabilization of our facility."
Dublin mayor Benny Skeens said he "understands the economics of it," but still had a few concerns.
His first concern was that JSPA would be able to use the NRRA’s Dublin facility with the same benefits as members of the authority, but without the same liability.
He said if a situation arose involving contamination from waste disposed by JSPA, JSPA would not be held liable and the NRRA would most likely end up having to pay for it.
Levine responded that JSPA would be held responsible for anything they dispose of.
Skeens also said that he was a member of the NRRA board when it first formed, and the board worked hard to form an agreement among participating jurisidictions, so he said he didn’t want to change that original agreement.
Skeens also expressed concerns about waste being brought in from other areas, such as New York and other metropolitan areas.
"We can’t take everyone’s trash," he said, and later added, "I just want this to be done the right way."
Levine responded that they are familiar with the hauling companies that come in to the facility, and that they are all required to have confirmation tickets, so they are able to monitor where the waste comes from.
Along with Skeens, members of the council made comments as well.
Council member Edith Hampton commented that she thought Levine was doing an "excellent job" as executive director.
Vice-mayor Peggy Hemmings said that she is on the NRRA board, and that she would "certainly like to see this resolution passed," and that it could potentially help keep rates down.
"I see a real need for it right now," she said.
In addition, Joe Sheffey, chairman of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors and member of the NRRA board, was in attendance at Thursday night’s meeting, and said that Levine "runs a tight ship," from working to increase compaction and recycling at the facility, to being prepared to being able to work with a tight budget, and that customer rates have gone down at the facility under his leadership.
He said he would definitely encourage council members to support this resolution.
Ultimately, the council voted unanimously to approve the resolution.

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NRRA to accept outside waste

The Dublin Town Council voted Thursday night to approve a resolution to allow the New River Resource Authority to accept solid waste from the Joint Public Service Authority (JPSA) of Wythe and Bland counties.
Joe Levine, NRRA’s executive director, attended Thursday night’s Dublin Town Council meeting to propose this resolution.
"The economy has had an impact on everybody," he said, explaining that people are buying less, so therefore they are disposing of less and recycling less.
From the 2007-08 year to 2008-09, the NRRA saw a 30,000 ton reduction in solid waste, which resulted in a $1.4 million decrease.
By accepting solid waste from JSPA, Levine said, "this would have a good impact on the stabilization of our facility."
Dublin mayor Benny Skeens said he "understands the economics of it," but still had a few concerns.
His first concern was that JSPA would be able to use the NRRA’s Dublin facility with the same benefits as members of the authority, but without the same liability.
He said if a situation arose involving contamination from waste disposed by JSPA, JSPA would not be held liable and the NRRA would most likely end up having to pay for it.
Levine responded that JSPA would be held responsible for anything they dispose of.
Skeens also said that he was a member of the NRRA board when it first formed, and the board worked hard to form an agreement among participating jurisidictions, so he said he didn’t want to change that original agreement.
Skeens also expressed concerns about waste being brought in from other areas, such as New York and other metropolitan areas.
"We can’t take everyone’s trash," he said, and later added, "I just want this to be done the right way."
Levine responded that they are familiar with the hauling companies that come in to the facility, and that they are all required to have confirmation tickets, so they are able to monitor where the waste comes from.
Along with Skeens, members of the council made comments as well.
Council member Edith Hampton commented that she thought Levine was doing an "excellent job" as executive director.
Vice-mayor Peggy Hemmings said that she is on the NRRA board, and that she would "certainly like to see this resolution passed," and that it could potentially help keep rates down.
"I see a real need for it right now," she said.
In addition, Joe Sheffey, chairman of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors and member of the NRRA board, was in attendance at Thursday night’s meeting, and said that Levine "runs a tight ship," from working to increase compaction and recycling at the facility, to being prepared to being able to work with a tight budget, and that customer rates have gone down at the facility under his leadership.
He said he would definitely encourage council members to support this resolution.
Ultimately, the council voted unanimously to approve the resolution.

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