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Johnston County, N.C. Leaders Divided on Funding Trash, Recycling

Tony Braswell is ready to see his legacy as County Commissioners’ chairman become trash.

More specifically, he wants a long-term funding solution for Johnston’s trash and recycling services.

The county’s landfill sustains itself on the tipping fees charged to haulers. But that revenue isn’t enough to subsidize recycling and the county’s 12 solid waste convenience centers – services that lost a combined $1.4 million last fiscal year.

At a March 6 work session, it quickly became clear that no two commissioners agree on how to stem the losses. But Braswell said he would put the matter on the April 6 agenda to ensure the board takes action. Between now and then, he aims to draft a proposal that everyone, or at least a majority, will vote to approve.


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