Town of Chapel Hill North Carolina Executive Summary
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Meeting Date: 6/25/2012

Title of Agenda Item: Presentation: Comprehensive Review of Solid Waste Collections and Disposal Options.  (R-15)

Council Goal: Maintain and Improve Community Facilities and Services

Background: In March 2012, the Town of Chapel Hill contracted professional engineering services with SCS Engineers for a Comprehensive Review of Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Options to thoroughly examine its current solid waste management programs. The goal of the study is to identify opportunities to enhance services, improve efficiencies, and evaluate the applicability of innovative technological developments in the solid waste industry. At the Council Work Session on May 16, 2012, SCS Engineers presented their preliminary findings regarding the evaluation of the Town's short-term disposal options. SCS Engineers has continued to refine their analysis of the Town's short-term disposal options, and will be prepared to present key short-term recommendations for Council's feedback on June 26, 2012. These short-term decision-points will provide critical guidance to staff, allowing for proper preparations in advance of the closure of the Orange County Landfill on June 30, 2013.

Short-term solid waste recommendations from SCS Engineers include:
  • Soliciting proposals for the cost to dispose of waste at a transfer station in Durham County (i.e., City of Durham Transfer Station or Waste Industries Transfer Station) in August 2012
  • Selecting certain routes and hauling the Town's municipal solid waste to the successful bidder's transfer station by October 2012
  • Conducting a routing and technology study to maximize collection efficiencies by December 2012

Recommendations: That the Council consider the presentation from SCS Engineers regarding the status of the Comprehensive Review of Solid Waste Collections and Disposal Options and proceed with the short-term recommendations.

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Solid Waste Study Staff Memorandum
Solid Waste Study Resolution