The Scotland County chapter of BREDL, Scotland
County Of Tomorrow (SCOT), contributed to a successful conclusion
to a five year campaign against a mega-landfill, in May of 2010.
The 2005 proposal for a Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfill,
which was placed on hold because of the Solid Waste Management
Act of 2007, was brought back at the January, 2010 meeting of the
Scotland County Board of Commissioners.
The proposal was for a modification of an existing permit at the
Construction and Demolition (C&D) landfill. The rationale was
that the 21 acre leaking landfill can be remediated by
constructing a 236 acre landfill, using existing landfill
material as cover. The proposed landfill would have a footprint
of 236 acres, be 240 feet tall, and would receive 3,000 tons of
garbage a day. The location was ½ mile from the Town of Maxton,
23/4 miles from the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport, and 3 miles from
the City of Laurinburg.
In March, SCOT hosted an open meeting with Neil Seldman,
President of Institute for Local Self Reliance, to speak about
the positive alternatives to landfilling, such as recycling hubs.
Copies of the video were given to local officials and leaders.
Besides our website, we circulated various printed materials
including door hangers and posters with a map showing the
location, asking people to ask where commission candidates stood,
and to vote in the May primary.
The Town of Maxton hosted a forum in which 16 people, including
other BREDL chapter members, spoke against the landfill, and the
Maxton Commissioners voted unanimously to send a resolution in
opposition to the landfill. The Laurinburg-Maxton Airport
Commission also sent a resolution, as the landfill would be too
close to the runway.
At the June 2010 Board of Commissioners meeting, a motion to stop
landfill activity in the county passed unanimously, as did A
Resolution Clarifying the Position of the County of Scotland as
to Waste Disposal, shown below.
BREDL, especially David Mickey, has been a significant factor in
our successful campaign. Being a BREDL Chapter enabled us to
coordinate with other BREDL Chapters over landfill issues; to
engage outside speakers and experts; and to have assistance with
campaign materials and legislative matters. David made many trips
to SCOT meetings, and spent many hours on the phone with our
members. The campaign in Scotland County was a test case for the
states Municipal Solid Waste Act of 2007. BREDLs
significant contributions to our victory benefit the entire
County Resolution on Waste Disposal
of Tomorrow Website
posted online July 2, 2010