Rural Georgia community torn on commercial landfill proposal
SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) — A rural Georgia community is still wrestling with the idea of putting a commercial landfill near their homes.
WSAV-TV reports the proposed landfill is leaving Screven County residents torn between economic benefits versus environmental concern.
Atlantic Waste Services says the landfill would occupy about 84 acres of a 1,000 acre dairy farm.
Company Vice President Ben Wall says the landfill can make tens of millions in revenue and open up about 40 to 45 jobs with a $35,000 average salary.
The landfill was proposed in May but residents are still voicing concerns about the long-term effects and groundwater contamination.
Wall says that the landfill is regulated and includes a proven contaminate collection system.
County leaders say they have to update their solid waste plan before proceeding with the project application.