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Second Landfill in Holly Springs To Expand

Posted January 11, 2007

— Months after Holly Springs lost its battle to keep a county landfill from opening, town officials say they are being dumped on again.

Wake County commissioners this week approved an expansion at the Red Rock Construction and Demolition Landfill. The site has accepted construction debris from eight counties, but will now be able to take waste from 59 counties.

"I don't like Holly Springs being pegged as a dump town. It's wrong," Mayor Dick Sears said.

Last June, county commissioners approved a plan to build a landfill on a 471-acre site at Main Street and N.C. Highway 55. The dump would provide solid waste disposal for county residents for 25 years, beginning in 2008.

Sears said he also is concerned about additional truck traffic on town roads.

The county landfill is expected to receive at least 150 trucks a day. The Red Rock landfill can now accept up to 200 loads a day, more than double the 80 loads a day previously allowed.

Officials with Waste Industries, which operates Red Rock, said the volume at the landfill will increase about 10 percent. The added capacity will have little impact on Holly Springs, they said, because most trucks will come in from U.S. Highway 1.

"You can't come through town loaded and come to our facility because there are weight-limited roads out there," said Jerry Johnson, vice president of Waste Industries' Landfill Division.

Johnson said the company requested permission to take debris from additional counties primarily to serve area companies that do business elsewhere. About 80 percent of Red Rock's waste comes from Wake County companies, he said.

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  • jjoneill1 Jan 12, 2007

    Maybe would should listen to Builder276 who obviously lives in another town. Holly Springs finest should stop every dump truck to ensure they meet all safety regulations. Holly Springs could then fund to their own projects within that fine town. Great suggestion Builder276. That will help us get rid of the crooked commissioners that are obviously on your payroll.

  • stevenjkathman Jan 12, 2007

    More wonderful work by our commissioners. Not only are they doing a poor job working with the school board on education, but they keep approving having waste dumped in a town of 10000+ people. It hurts both Apex and Holly Springs, and probably parts of Cary. Next election, it is time to start removing these commissioners.

  • builder276 Jan 11, 2007

    The trash on the road is 1 reason I don't go into that area. We all knew 20 years ago that the new dump was going to be in that location. I would think that if you bought a house in the area, you too knew that it was going there, or you did not ask the right question of your realtor. Either way, the info was available to you. you chose to live there, deal with it.

  • JimP Jan 11, 2007

    Drive down Avent Ferry in Holly Springs and watch your alignment go bad, your suspension fall out, your tires blow and your nerves fray. And that's in the daytime.

    Hopefully all the loose trash will blow off before the trucks actually get to Holly Springs. Wake County. Dumpville.

  • kbauer99 Jan 11, 2007

    Drive down Highway 1 in Apex its constantly littered with construction debris trash. Its an embarrassment to the town of Apex.