A group of Orange County residents representing 450 homes and more than 1,000 people will ask the Orange County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night to eliminate a site at the intersection of N.C. 86 and Interstate 40 from consideration for a future solid waste transfer station.
The county has been planning to send its garbage to a transfer station in Durham when the county landfill closes next year. But recently Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton proposed the N.C. 86/I-40 site as a way to save money and give the county more control of its waste while it seeks a more environmentally friendly long-term solution. The mayor says trucking waste to Durham will cost Carrboro and Chapel Hill an extra $750,000 a year.
In a letter to the county commissioners, opponents say a transfer station has no place in the rural buffer, an area mutually agreed upon by local governments to remain low density, without public water and sewer services.