A solid waste transfer station jointly operated with Carrboro and a pay-as-you-throw system were among a consultant’s recommendations Monday night to the Town Council.
Bob Dick, vice president of SCS Engineers, outlined 18 immediate, short-term and long-term steps for handling the town’s solid waste when the Orange County Landfill closes July 1.
Chapel Hill could begin shipping its waste to Durham in April or May at $42.50 per ton, or it could sign a three-year contract with Waste Industries at $41 per ton, Dick said. To make the transition to shipping its waste, the town also should spend $380,000 this year and $341,000 in 2014 on new compactor trucks, employees, fuel and a routing study, he said.
Dick recommended the town continue working with Orange County to handle its recycling, yard waste and white goods. He also suggested asking Carrboro about sharing the cost to build a waste transfer station beside the Town Operations Center on Millhouse Road.
The study does not recommend outsourcing commercial or residential trash pickup or building a new landfill.