County Council to consider barring industrial, manufacturing waste from county landfills

April 16, 2019

Aiken County Council is scheduled to consider an issue involving industrial and manufacturing waste during its 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday at the Aiken County Government Center.

On the agenda is the second reading of an ordinance that would restrict the amounts and/or types of unwanted material that would be accepted by the Barden and Wagener construction and demolition landfills.

Ordinances require three readings for final approval, and if this one does become law, manufacturing and industrial waste would not be allowed in the landfills, which are operated by the county.

One of the reasons for the proposed ordinance is that both the Barden and Wagener landfills are expected to run out of space in less than 10 years.

“Barden has about seven years before it’s done, and the one in Wagener is about the same – six or seven,” said Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian on Monday.

He and other county officials are concerned that if a recent increase in the amount of manufacturing and industrial waste locally continues, it would significantly reduce the amount of time the landfills would remain useful.

The volume of such waste typically is very large.

Another concern, according to the ordinance, is that the county does not have the specialized and expensive equipment that often is required to deal with industrial and manufacturing waste.

Other items on the agenda include the following:

• The first reading of an ordinance that would rezone approximately 54.5 acres on Gregory Lake Road in North Augusta from Residential Single-Family Conservation to Planned Used Development Type B.

• The first reading of an ordinance that would provide economic development incentives for Green Energy Biofuel and Mobettah LLC.

• The second reading of an ordinance to grant a utility easement to the electric utility provider at Langley Pond Park near Warrenville for a project that involves the construction of a finish line tower for rowing competitions.

• The third reading of an ordinance to amend and revise the service boundaries of the Center and New Holland fire districts in an area that includes the Wire Road/Interstate 20 interchange.

• The third reading of an ordinance that would rezone approximately 12.5 acres on Henley Lane in Aiken from Residential Single-Family Conservation to Agricultural Preservation.

• Resolutions that would authorize Killian to apply for and accept grants of $29,350, $33,000 and $57,650 from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for recycling and solid waste reduction efforts.

The Government Center is at 1930 University Parkway.

County Council’s meeting will be held in Council Chambers, which is on the third floor of the Government Center.