Hancock to get more landfills
By Dwayne Bremer
Feb 26, 2013, 19:31
The Hancock County Solid Waste Authority presented it's new 20-year management plan on Monday, which calls for more landfills, upgrades to existing landfills, and a greater focus on recycling in Hancock County.
The plan the authority is operating under was approved in 1993 and is now considered "outdated," officials said.
"The solid waste authority evaluated current conditions in the county and determined that it was in the best interest of the environment and the citizens to develop and to effectuate a current solid waste management plan," according to a report made public Monday.
The solid waste authority is made up of representatives from Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and the Hancock County Board of Supervisors.
The authority recently voted to amend its by-laws to allow Diamondhead to join.
Diamondhead's full acceptance into the authority must now be approved by the state, but that is considered a "formality," authority attorney Ronnie Artigues said Monday.
Hancock County and its three cities currently generate 46,063 tons of municipal and industrial waste a year.
Much of that garbage, however, has to be shipped to other counties because Hancock County does not have a permitted Subtitle D site.
The Subtitle D means a landfill can accept household garbage. It also comes with stringent environmental rules.
The authority, in its report, said obtaining a Subtitle D site is a priority and it could create an economic windfall for the county.
Currently the closest Subtitle D landfills are in Harrison and Pearl River Counties.
The authority listed Frac Diamond Aggregates in northwest Hancock County as a possible location for the Subtitle D landfill.
Another consideration is adding another Class One rubbish site to the county's plan. Class One sites can usually operate for about 20 years before reaching capacity.
The county currently has a Class One, the King site on Rifle Range Road, but it is now considering another site owned by local hauler Joey Boudin.
The Boudin site is an 80-acre pit, currently being used as a Class Two operation.
Class One status would allow Boudin's pit to accept different types of rubbish.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Boudin and several other Class Two pit owners were given temporary Class One status to accommodate the tremendous amount of debris caused by the storm.
Boudin, who owns Boudin Environmental Waste, currently disposes of between 50,000 to 100,000 cubic yards of rubbish annually, the report said.
Four people, including other pit owners from Hancock County, wrote letters in support of Boudin being included in the new master plan.
Once the plan is approved, Boudin must still gain approval from the Mississippi Department of Environment Quality before obtaining a permit.
The report also states that the authority wants to place a greater emphasis on recycling.
Recycling efforts have gained considerable public support in recent years and the authority hopes that continues.
"Recycling is seen by most as environmentally safer and less expensive than other solid waste alternatives," the report said.
Artigues announced the management plan Monday and asked if anyone from the public wished to comment.
There were no comments and Artigues said the authority will vote to approve the plan at its next meeting on March 11.