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S.C. Loophole Causes 90-Foot Trash Pile at C&D Facility

Okatie, S.C.-based Able Contracting Inc. is home to a nearly 90-foot trash pile made of wood, cardboard, plastic and other construction debris.

Okatie, S.C.-based Able Contracting Inc., a recycling business classified by the state as a "recovered material processing facility,” is home to a nearly 90-foot trash pile made of wood, cardboard, plastic and other construction debris.

Able Contracting is one of 17 registered construction and demolition debris sites in South Carolina, but outdated regulations have left the state with very little control over the facilities and no way of knowing whether there are large construction debris pules building up.

The Island Packet has more:

For Chandler Lloyd, a father, husband and longtime Jasper County resident, the 60-foot-tall pile of trash on his Okatie-area property off S.C. 170 — standing at about one-fifth the height of the Statue of Liberty — is the reason he says he can put food on the table.

But for neighbors, as well as local and county officials, the massive mound, made up of debris from home and business construction projects, is an eyesore, a nuisance and a serious public safety risk.

The pile of wood, cardboard, plastic and other construction debris sits on the Schinger Avenue site of Able Contracting Inc., a recycling business operated by Lloyd and classified by the state as a "recovered material processing facility."

Read the full story here.

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