Belmont County trash haulers converged on the county commission meeting.
They are furious, saying the facility where they are supposed to dump their trash is being run badly, or sometimes not being run at all.
The subject of their frustration is Apex Environmental’s transfer station on Route 214 in St. Clairsville.
“Often they don’t have trailers available,” said Dwayne Pielich of Ohio Valley Waste Systems. “They have equipment broken. And sometimes by 10 or 11 o’clock in the morning, they don’t accept any more.”
“Something’s got to be done,” says Jennifer Leach of Blue Ribbon Collections. “The day after Christmas, they closed at noon. I had three trucks full of garbage and nowhere to dump it. Nowhere.”
The alternative is to take it to other areas, but that takes time, fuel and money.
“To send a truck up to Amsterdam, I can’t get my routes done,” says Leach.
In this weather, when they get turned away from Apex, they are left with trucks filled with trash, which then freezes to the trucks.
Pielich says it happened to his business partner.
“With the zero and sub-zero temperatures, it’s frozen,” he noted. “So he’s down there with a space heater and propane and he’s trying to get them thawed out.”
In spring and summer, construction season will produce even more trash.
“And you’ll go up there and you’ll sit there for like two hours and they’ll say sorry, we don’t have any trailers,” says Leach.
They say Belmont County’s homes and businesses crank out about 200 tons of trash a day. But they say the transfer station might accept only 50 to 100.
Commissioner Matt Coffland says he has called Apex’s owner in New Jersey and reported the problems.
“Personally, I think he runs a very lousy operation up there,” said Coffland in the meeting. “I don’t know how else to say it.”
Coffland says he remembers the meeting in which Apex took over. He said they were chosen because they “promised to give good service.”
7 News at wtrf.com have contacted Apex, both locally and at their headquarters. The company has not responded at this time.
Commissioners promised to work on it, but admitted they have no control over a private business.