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      Dougherty County Public Works evaluates solid waste situation

      The Dougherty County Public Works committee met Tuesday morning.
      The Public Works Committee is deciding whether or not to fund a new study that will help bring recommendations regarding rates for their solid waste management system.They have seen a 20% decrease over the last five years.

      "No tax dollars go into the landfill, it's all operated just like a private business," says Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis.

      They attribute the decrease to industries leaving town such as Cooper Tire and Merck. Also, many businesses are going green, as are many people, and so don't have as much trash headed to the landfill. Also contributing to the loss is the recession--without disposable income, there isn't much folks are disposing of these days.

      A study by SIAC will look at current rates and tonnage and look down the road a few years and try to predict what will happen and what needs to be done. Officials with the county and waste management will look at maybe bringing in waste from outside counties to make up the slack. There is a possibility rates could increase as well.

      The commission will look at the recommendation to fund the study at Monday's work session meeting.Stay connected to MySouthWestGA.com as the story develops and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM.