Five Points will close end of year

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM.

The Board of County Commissioners decided earlier this year to get out of the landfill business.

Taxpayers are projected to be the winners.

Commissioners chose to close the county’s last landfill, Five Points just north of Port St. Joe, after years of bleeding red ink on the bottom line.

Even after a series of steps to even the cost/expense balance sheet in recent years, the county was still losing hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, money coming directly from property owners.

As part of an attempt to move to mandatory garbage and bring solid waste costs down, commissioners decided to stanch the bleeding by closing the landfill Dec. 31.

“We decided to get out of the landfill business,” said County Commissioner Ward McDaniel, adding that the county will continue to absorb the cost of environmental monitoring at three landfill sites, including Buckhorn and Five Points.

As part of bidding out for solid waste haulers the county included operating a transfer station at Five Points.

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