Consider This - Trash Hauling

By Ted Fortenberry - bio | email

Once again the folks at the state level think they know how to manage things better than folks at the local level. It reminds me of an old saying businesses use when corporate folks start meddling with the local efforts: "We're from Corporate, and we're here to help." But in most cases the only help they provide is to mess things up. In this case, you could say, "We're from the state, and we're here to help."

Consider This: In managing the trash disposal in Horry County, the county has enacted rules that require all trash generated in the county to be disposed in the county. First, there are costs in doing business, and if this requirement helps to cover those costs then that seems like a legitimate reason to create the in-county dumping requirement. Second, there are serious environmental consequences if dump sites are not managed correctly, and the Horry County Solid Waste Authority has done a good job following the regulatory guidelines.

The state legislature needs to worry about issues that impact the state as a whole and allow local jurisdictions to manage the local issues locally. And by the way, there are plenty of things that they need to be addressed at the state level that impact the entire state.

Horry County, or any county for that matter, needs to have the ability to determine what is best for the local community on certain issues. Having the Horry County Solid Waste Authority manage all county trash disposal is good fiscal and environmental policy. State leaders have plenty of other issues where they should focus their energy.

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