UNION COUNTY — Two checks totaling $60,000 were just the beginning of the more than $100 million in revenue Union County will receive over the next 70 years from the expansion and continued operation of the Upstate Regional Landfill in the Cross Keys community.
The checks were presented by Republic Services LLC Division Manager Tony Davies to Union County Supervisor Frank Hart during Tuesday’s Union County Council meeting. Davies presented the checks after Hart, during his report to Union County Council, announced that the county had negotiated a new host agreement with Republic Services. Hart said that the agreement includes the following terms:
• The agreement will last for the life of the landfill which is estimated to be 70 years or more.
• Republic will continue to pay the county host fees of approximately $1.5 million a year. Hart estimated that this will generate more than $100 million in revenue for the county over the life of the landfill.
• Republic will continue to accept waste from the county and its constituent municipalities at no charge to the county or the municipalities.
• Republic will give the county $40,000 a year for the next five years to a fund litter code enforcement officer.
• Republic will give the county $20,000 a year for the next five years to support upgrades and programming at the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College.
The checks presented by Davies to Hart were for $20,000 and $40,000, each being the respective first installments on the $100,000 and $200,000 the company will pay the county over the next five years for the SCC Union Campus and the litter code enforcement officer.
Hart said that under the county’s current agreement with Republic, the county receives host fees totaling approximately $1.5 million a year. That agreement, however, is scheduled to expire in five years, and Hart said that without the new agreement, the county would have lost those host fees. He said the loss of the host fees would have had a dramatic impact on the county’s budget.
“Republic was in the process of looking at an expansion of their operations and that involves permitting,” Hart said Wednesday. “So one of the main objectives of the county with the expansion of the facility and its longevity is that the county would continue to receive host fees
“Had we not renegotiated our contract with Republic we would have stopped receiving the host fees,” he said. “That would have been a loss of approximately $1.5 million a year in revenue or 10 percent of our total annual revenue.”
With the new agreement in place, however, Hart said the fees would continue to be paid to the county which, along with its constituent municipalities, will also continue to have its waste disposed of in the landfill for free by Republic. Hart said these benefits, already in place in the current agreement, will continue to benefit the people of Union County. He said the community will also benefit from the funding Republic will provide the county for the SCC Union Campus and a litter code enforcement officer.
“The litter code enforcement officer will help clean up Union County,” Hart said. “The funding for the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College will help it provide the education and training we need to develop a highly-skilled workforce that industry needs.”
Kathy Jo Lancaster, Site Coordinator for the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College, welcomed the support shown by both Republic and Union County.
“We are extremely grateful to Republic Services for their generosity and investment in the SCC Union County Campus,” Lancaster said. “This company has a history of supporting communities and helping them grow. Their contributions will be used to purchase equipment and expand programs, services, and course offerings at the SCC Union County Campus.
“We also want to thank the county supervisor and county council for working with Republic to secure these funds,” she said. “The county has been a generous supporter of Spartanburg Community College’s presence in Union County.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.