After public hearing, council votes against Bees Ferry Landfill expansion

After public hearing, Charleston County council votes against Bees Ferry Landfill expansion

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Mayor Joe Riley made an appearance at Tuesday night's Charleston County Council meeting.

"My most sincere wish and urge of county council is that they move to another location, not Bees Ferry Road."

That wish came true after residents along the traveled bypass spoke up.

"Putting in and expanding this landfill affects my bottom line because it's going to affect my home and my resale value."

"You have a facility in Dorchester that's willing to take the crap, but you rather shove it down our throats."

After tonight's 5-to-3 vote, a plan to expand the Bees Ferry Landfill by 15 acres was taken off the table, and a site off the Palmetto Commerce Parkway came out ahead. The location would eventually serve as the landfill for the entire county.

Council member Colleen Condon says the plan wasn't to add more trash to the landfill, but build a processing center for glass, aluminum, paper, and other recyclable materials.

"The public, unfortunately, got the idea of a "dump" as opposed to a beautiful facility that is an educational opportunity that improves the environment."

However, homeowners say they don't want to see Bees Ferry Road get busier.

"We'd love to see this area developed so that our families can walk to and from the public shopping center, over to the hospital and the shopping areas over there and be able to use Bees Ferry as a really wonderful boulevard."

"We've taken Bees Ferry Road, and we've made this into really a beautiful road, and now we're going to destroy it by adding too much traffic and too much garbage."

During the public hearing, residents did thank council members Condon and Anna Johnson for all they've done with the recycling program at the landfill.

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