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Fort Mill East recycling center staying open

The York County East Collection & Recycling Center on S.C. 160 in Fort Mill is scheduled to close Saturday, but officials might work out a deal to keep it open until an alternative site is ready to open nearby.
The York County East Collection & Recycling Center on S.C. 160 in Fort Mill is scheduled to close Saturday, but officials might work out a deal to keep it open until an alternative site is ready to open nearby. Special to The Fort Mill Times

York County leaders say the trash and recycling site on Tom Hall Street won’t close Sept. 24 as scheduled, and will remain open “until further notice.”

York County Public Works Director Eric Rekitt asked the York County Council at its meeting Monday to consider using a temporary county-owned parcel to take care of demand following the announced closing of the York County East Collection & Recycling Center on S.C. 160 in Fort Mill.

Rekitt said the county could consider using a temporary space on Hensley Road in Fort Mill, which he said would cost about $16,000 to plan and prepare for use.

Meanwhile, he said, county officials would plan for a permanent site. The temporary site would be limited, said Rekitt, and service household trash, large and bulky trash and mixed recycling.

The lease for the current East center was not renewed because the property owner is selling the property. The current site was scheduled to close Sept. 24. But Rekitt said the new buyer and current owner were receptive to plans to extend the use of the center for a month or two, perhaps even three.

Survey work on the temporary site begins this week. Needed approvals have construction starting no sooner than mid-November, with an early January opening.

“That really depends on what we’re dealing with when we get in there,” Rekitt said. “The topographical issues could make some grading problems.”

As of Monday night, he was optimistic the current site could continue its use until the temporary site is ready, based on conversations with the owner.

“They have tentatively agreed to working out some sort of extension where we will not have to close on Sept. 24,” Rekitt said. “We have not worked out the specifics on that yet.”

Fort Mill Times reporter John Marks contributed

David Thackham: 803-329-4066, @dthackham

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