Albemarle Advances Plan to Close Ivy Transfer Station
Albemarle County is moving closer to getting out of the garbage business. The county is developing plans to open three trash and recycling collection centers run by a private company, which would force a former regional center in Ivy to shut down.
Albemarle County's contract with the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) to run the center in Ivy ends at the end of this year. Now, the county is requesting an extension to keep it open into 2014 while it explores alternative ways to take in trash.
The authority operates the Ivy Transfer Station solely for Albemarle County. Charlottesville backed out of the regional operation a few years ago.
County supervisors are pushing forward with plans to build three convenience centers and contract out trash and recycling collection to a private company. The county estimates privatization could save taxpayers as much as $270,000 a year. Van Der Linde is the only company to submit a proposal to provide that service.
Albemarle County Supervisor Dennis Rooker said, "We've been trying to look at ways we can continue to handle solid waste in the community reasonably and in a way that's more convenient to our citizens."
RSWA Executive Director Tom Frederick stated, "The authority's role here really is to continue to support Albemarle County to the extent the county wishes that support. So, we remain open to whatever the county decides to do."
Albemarle County says it needs more time to plan locations for convenience centers before it pulls out of the authority's Ivy operation. The contract extension would keep the Ivy station open through June of next year.
Frederick is asking both the city and county to provide support for Ivy employees who may be out of a job if the site closes next year.
"They created this organization. This organization has properly fulfilled its mission to those two agencies and that they will provide their support to help any employees who need to relocate to new jobs as a result of these recent decisions," he stated.
The RSWA board will consider the contract extension Tuesday.
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