Garbage collectors are raising a stink about what they say is problem after problem at the garbage transfer station in Belmont County.
Various employees from several garbage collection services told Belmont County commissioners Wednesday morning that Apex Environmental’s transfer station in St. Clairsville is often not even open for business. They explained they sometimes sit for hours, waiting for their turn to dump trash and at other times there aren’t any trailers or truck drivers.
Dwayne Pielich with Ohio Valley Waste Systems says the situation is bad for business.
“We’re sitting on the pad for two hours with two people in the truck, idling the fuel to sit there,” he said. “You can’t go in when they’re operating.”
Jennifer Leach with Blue Ribbon Collections told 7News they can’t get out of the station in less than an hour.
“Something’s got to be done,” she said. “They day after Christmas they close at noon. I have three trucks full of garbage and nowhere to dump, nowhere.
The trash haulers estimate the combination of Belmont County homes and businesses crank out about 200 tons of trash each day. The transfer station however, only accepts 50 to 100 tons.
County Commissioner Matt Coffland says he spoke personally to Apex Environmental and informed them of the issues.
A call was made to the local location and to the company’s headquarters, but was not immediately returned.