From the State Newspaper comes this nasty surprise…..
Huge landfills are on the rise in South Carolina. The nation’s
three largest garbage haulers — Waste Management Inc., Republic
Services and Allied Waste Industries — have moved in, often under other
The Legislature never approved a policy allowing the state to become a garbage mecca.
with the approval of the state Department of Health and Environmental
Control, South Carolina has become an East Coast destination dump.
The state buries far more garbage than it produces and is reserving space for even more.
…There is no limit on how high garbage can be stacked as long as a
landfill’s base is broad enough. Trash mountains in Lee and Spartanburg
counties now are among the tallest artificial structures there. People
give them names, such as “Mount Trashmore.”
In South Carolina, the trash tapestry involves DHEC, money, pollution and politics:
other states now use South Carolina as a garbage dump. Last year, those
states were New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, North
Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Virginia. North Carolina, the
leader, dumped 628,262 tons of trash here, followed by Massachusetts
(366,054), New York (417,196), and New Jersey (168,215). In those
states, dumping fees are high. It’s cheaper to ship garbage to South
And I thought we were suffering just from importing too many people from New Jersey and New York.
The whole story is simply disgusting. Our state agencies, and their boards, need to whipped until they get the message….you work for the people of South Carolina.