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Charleston Co. Council votes against landfill expansion

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One of the proposed sites is near the current landfill. One of the proposed sites is near the current landfill.
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In front of a room packed with neighbors of the Grand Oaks subdivision, Charleston County Council voted, 5-3, to build a recycling center off of Palmetto Commerce Parkway .

Last Thursday, Council members voted in executive session to expand the Bees Ferry landfill in West Ashley to feature the recycling center.

That vote drew a lot of anger from residents at Tuesday night's meeting.

"Please look at some other facilities before making this final vote that is going to have an impact on such a strong, large residential area," one neighbor said.

One of the biggest supporters of bringing the landfill to Bees Ferry Road was Colleen Condon. After hearing the concerns, Condon said that people were focusing on the wrong thing.

"We're looking at a processing center for glass and aluminum cans and a paper," she said. "Somehow people have gotten the idea that we're looking at more and more trash as opposed to opportunities to reduce the amount of trash that goes into a landfill."

Other neighbors were worried not only about the additional trash, but also additional trucks that would travel on the already congested road.

"When add more trucks to this, what is it? 600 more trucks a day? That's just going to stress our arteries even more," another concerned neighbor said.

According to Chairman Teddie Pryor, Charleston County officials will begin negotiating to purchase the land off of Palmetto Commerce Parkway immediately.

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