Southern Shores reaches agreement on recycling
By Outer Banks Voice on August 21, 2020
(Town of Southern Shores)
The Town of Southern Shores announced on Aug. 21 that an agreement has been reached with Bay Disposal resulting in its recycling material being delivered to a recycling facility in Portsmouth, VA. Recycling & Disposal Solutions of Virginia (RDS), in Portsmouth, has agreed to accept the material delivered to them by Bay Disposal, including glass.
The Town Council amended its contract with Bay Disposal at its meeting on Aug. 18. The amended contract establishes that the Town’s recyclable materials are to be taken to the RDS facility in Portsmouth, or another recycling facility if RDS should become unavailable.
If other recycling facilities are unavailable, the materials are to be taken to a waste-to-energy facility. Bay Disposal in not permitted to place any non-contaminated recycling material in a landfill. The additional cost to the original contract, which was $189,500, is $5,701.
In December 2019, Bay Disposal notified the Town that due to changes in the recycling market, they no longer had a place to deliver its material. Since that time, Bay has been taking the Town’s recycling material to a waste-to-energy facility also in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Wes Haskett, Deputy Town Manager/Planning Director said that, “I am very pleased that we have been able to work together to find a way to start recycling again. As the first municipality in Dare County to establish a recycling program, we recognize how important it is to our citizens and property owners”.
The Town of Southern Shores services approximately 2,800 homes as part of its recycling contract.