New glass company in Horry County could save money for solid waste authority

10/22/2013 8:18 PM

10/22/2013 8:20 PM

Horry County Solid Waste Authority officials hope to save some money annually in e-waste processing fees and look forward to a more permanent site for recycled glass once details of the glass company proposed for the Cool Springs Business Park are worked out.

Danny Knight, executive director of the authority, said Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus secured a verbal commitment from Dave Dlubak, owner of Dlubak Glass, to open a 10,000 square-foot facility in the business park.

“We have not sat down and talked with them,” Knight said. When asked about how much glass the company would want from the county’s operation, Knight said, “I hope they want all we got.”

“It would be a great situation. I think if they set up something here to handle the glass, it would be great for this side of the state.”

Dlubak could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Currently, Horry County grinds glass, makes it about the size of the tip of a little finger, mixes it with sand and sells it for landscaping, like it did recently with Greenville County where it was used in building a trail.

“The state’s pushing hard to try and get more uses for the glass,” Knight said. “Everybody’s looking for some end product that this stuff could be used for.”

The county recycles between 150 to 175 tons of glass monthly, half of which is already sold to vendors, said Esther Murphy, a director with the authority. The e-waste aspect of the proposed partnership is not as easy to break down, Murphy said, because some of it the county gets money for and some of it the county is charged. Murphy had attended an e-waste conference Tuesday, where presenters spoke about the costs of recycling e-waste.

“We had several different vendors presenting to us and they each gave us a different structure, based on the materials that you have, the condition it’s in and where it’s being picked up from,” Murphy said.” You would think that based on the presentation, that it would be more cost effective if the company was in the county you were in as opposed to out-of-state.”

Horry County currently is sending its e-waste to a vendor in Raleigh and paying for that vendor to take it. This move would bring an e-waste collector inside the county.

The county produce’s about 90 tons of e-waste per month, Murphy said. Based on what the county’s producing and based on what’s coming in determines the county’s cost, she said.

Knight said a recent agreement with the Charleston area, and the county’s new incentive program, which gives haulers a discount on recyclables based on the tonnage brought in to the landfill, should help draw more recyclables.

“We’re getting more,” he said. “We’re dealing now with other locations, like Charleston, on bringing curbside recyclables in. All of it has got glass in it.”

Lazarus said the details of the county’s agreement with Dlubak still need to be hashed out.

Dlubak owns Dlubak Glass, which has glass and e-waste recycling companies in six states. His company uses the recycled glass for projects like road striping and the e-waste for fiberglass insulation. Dlubak currently purchases glass from Horry County through another company, Lazarus said.

Knight said bringing a glass and e-waste recycling company closer to Horry County has to be beneficial.

“If there’s a company doing it out of Cool Springs, I think that will help this side of the state,” Knight said. “It sounds good to me.”

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