After years of searching for the perfect piece of land for a new recycling center, Lancaster County leaders have closed a deal on more than 4 acres in Indian Land.
The purchase means residents no longer will have to travel across state lines to the Foxhole Landfill in Charlotte, off U.S. 521.
District 7 County Councilman Brian Carnes said that about two years ago the county was forced to abruptly close its recycling and solid-waste center on leased land on Jim Wilson Road. The property owner sold the parcel to a developer who built homes on the site.
County officials wasted no time searching for land for a new center, but it wasn’t easy. “There’s not a whole lot of cheap property in Indian Land anymore,” Carnes said.
In the meantime, a deal was worked out for South Carolina residents to take solid waste and recyclables to the Charlotte facility. Carnes said the Foxhole facility recently has considered charging S.C. residents for using the landfill and began limiting the number of bags of garbage that could be brought in one trip.
Over the years, several pieces of land were ruled out because of push back from nearby residents, but county leaders finally purchased 4.61 acres in the 521 Perimeter Commerce Park on Northfield Drive on April 15. County Administrator Steve Willis confirmed the purchase price, including closing fees, was $300,000, and that construction will be paid by property taxes.
Carnes says the new facility will be nicer than the last, with concrete instead of gravel, raised levels so residents can easily and safely dispose of refuse and deposit recyclable material, and a separate entrance for large garbage trucks. He said he hopes having a new facility will encourage recycling within the county.
“There’s a lot of people in Indian Land who have garbage collection anyway. But they still have yard waste, tires, oil; all those things need to be recycled,” he said.
“We are really hoping that people will participate in the recycling program. It’s one of the things we’ve been trying to do in the past few years.”
Carnes said the tentative plan is for the facility to open sometime in late summer or early fall.