CONWAY, SC (WMBF) A new complaint from dump truck drivers is leading to a WMBF News investigation.
It comes just months after the SC Supreme Court ruled Horry County can force private trash haulers to only dump their waste at the Horry County Landfill.
"This is the only place you're allowed to take your trash," said Don Boyce of Trebor, a trash hauling service that handles construction debris.
He is among the drivers for the company complaining that loose nails at the landfill are ruining their trucks' tires.
"We go through tires like one or two a week," said Boyce. "And on our slow days we spend hours just plugging them. And they're $250 apiece. And it becomes very expensive."
Those are just for rear tires. He says front tires on his truck run $300 apiece.
Boyce and the company allowed WMBF News to ride along with him on one of his runs to the landfill to see exactly what they're talking about.
Trash haulers have to drive the equivalent of several city blocks to get back to the part of the landfill where they'll allowed to dump loads of construction debris.
Boyce says the problem is he has to back over what other people have already dumped, including those sharp nails.
WMBF News took Trebor's concerns to one of the people in charge at the landfill, Bill Hilling, the director of operations. He was surprised.
"We hadn't heard anything from them and didn't know a thing about their concern until you called us," Hilling told WMBF News.
After we called the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Hilling got on the phone with the owner of Trebor and tried to work it out.
The issue, Hilling says, is that the dump truck drivers need to know where to stop.
He is telling them now to stay on the dark patches of soil where previous loads have been covered-up.
"We'll take care of pushing the trash back," Hilling said.
He hopes that'll keep private trash haulers from finding what Boyce discovered in his dump truck's tires on the day we rode along.
"Right there is one," he said, pointing to a tire. A nail clearly visible.
He checked all around the truck and found a couple more.
"That's not too bad," he said with a laugh, "only three."
Billing says he called his two biggest customers that dump trash at the landfill to see if they had similar problems.
But he says they told him they "really don't have any."
WMBF News wasn't so lucky.
The large live truck we drove out to the landfill had a screw embedded in a tire even though we were parked well away from the area where people were dumping construction waste.