The City of Durham is currently in the process of redesigning its waste transfer station at the county landfill to accommodate larger volumes of garbage for more effective transshipment. Much of the project builds on the antiquated notion of “out of sight, out of mind” in regards to waste disposal, which ultimately is not sustainable, responsible, or as profitable as alternative methods of handling the waste. Currently 130,000 estimated tons of waste is shipped 120 miles to a remote landfill via transfer trucks that get 5 miles a gallon. An estimated 70 percent of the waste stream may be diverted through local recycling programs. Several recycling firms have expressed interest in building a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in the area. Such a facility would create long term jobs, optimize resources otherwise disposed of or taken to other counties, and help to revitalize the city’s economy and overall well-being.

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