Trash ordinance still on the table; Horry County not only one in fight

bdickerson@thesunnews.comMay 10, 2013 

— All sides in the fight over trash can’t come to a compromise, and the state legislature will continue looking at a bill that would effectively kill Horry County’s trash regulation ordinance.

This was the update from Mike Bessant, governmental affairs director for the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, on the activity of House Bill 3290.

The South Carolina Association of Counties, private haulers and environmental groups met April 30 in Columbia to try and reach a compromise, Bessant said.

“There was basically an impasse. They can’t come to a conclusion,” Bessant said.

Sen. Ray Cleary, the District 34 representative for Horry, Georgetown and Charleston counties, said in a letter he hoped a compromise would happen. Now that it hasn’t, he stated he’d be voting against the House bill and side with the counties.

“Often we in Columbia get frustrated when Washington dictates what S.C. policy should be, but we do not seem to have the same issues when Columbia dictates and overrules county policy,” Cleary stated.

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