As expected, a full court press was applied yesterday to try and save the HCSWA – Charleston County recycling deal.
Unfortunately, this appears to be a full court press applied at the wrong time, in the wrong place for the wrong reasons.
The press is being applied to the council members who voted “No” on second reading of a budget amendment needed to allow the recycling deal to continue. With enough pressure, it is hoped that at least two will change their minds and vote to pass second reading after a reconsideration motion.
In other words, the press is strictly in the political arena while the problems are in the institutional oversight of solid waste matters within Horry County.
These are exactly the same types of problems that led Horry County Council to pass a flow control ordinance governing all solid waste in the county only to realize five years later that the ordinance was flawed in concept and needed to be amended.
The debate was fully political, not about policy. A few members of HCSWA staff combined with a few members of county staff to make dire predictions about what would happen to solid waste handling within the county if flow control was not enacted.
None of the dire predictions were true, as experience has taught us since 2009.
The HCSWA fought against amending the flow control ordinance, including spending over $1 million with a lobbyist, again with dire predictions that were just as false.
In fact, the amendment, which allows construction and demolition debris to be taken to any approved landfill, works in favor of the citizens of Horry County be reducing the amount of space used in the landfill thereby extending its life.