The Columbia County Commission in March approved rezoning the 26-acre parcel adjacent to Gordon Park Speedway to heavy industrial use after a planned motocross track on special district zoning fell through.
The site, with an entrance at 5015 Parham Road just outside the Grovetown city limits, will process construction waste for Tutt Contracting Inc. of Harlem, said owner Preston Tutt.
The company rents roll-off waste containers to other construction contractors and operates a demolition business, Tutt said. Waste from the containers will be taken to the facility, where recyclable materials will be sorted, bundled and hauled away for sale to recycling centers.
The remaining waste, including any household waste that might have been placed into the containers, will be shipped to the Richmond County landfill.
The possibility of household waste being a part of the process worries Steve Edwards, the municipal marketing manager for Advance Disposal and Recycling.
Tutt’s application to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division requires a letter from Columbia County certifying that the facility meets the requirements of the county’s solid waste disposal plan. During a public hearing Tuesday, Edwards said the commission should closely monitor the facility to prevent it from becoming a household waste transfer station.
“I’ve just seen these projects change,” he said. “One minute they’re taking C&D (construction and demolition waste), and the next minute they’re taking full-blown municipal waste.”
That won’t be the case, Tutt said, adding that he wouldn’t object to the letter to the EPD including restrictions on any such future use.
“I don’t think we’d have a problem with those conditions,” Tutt said. “That’s not our intent.”
The commission is scheduled to discuss approval of the letter affirming Tutt Contracting’s compliance with the county’s waste plan during its Aug. 7 meeting. Before then, Commissioner Bill Morris said, the company should reach out to Grovetown officials to let them know the project is coming next to the race track, long a source of complaints from residents of nearby neighborhoods.
“You owe them a courtesy call,” Morris said.