Houston County Ends Membership With SE Alabama Solid Waste Authority

By: Victoria Rosa Email
By: Victoria Rosa Email

A 20-year relationship is now over; the Commission says although the Authority provides a valuable service, working directly with the City of Dothan is more practical.

With time comes change, at least that's the case for Houston County.
They will no longer take their solid waste to the Southeast Alabama Solid Waste Authority.

"The best thing for Houston County is to continue our partnership with the City of Dothan and dispose of our garbage, solid waste at their landfill. Because of that there's really not any reason for us to be part of the Solid Waste Authority from our perspective or theirs," says Chairman of the Houston County Commission, Mark Culver.

"We've had an excellent partner for a number of years, since 1992 but things have changed some since that time and Houston County is partnering with the City of Dothan," says Mayor of Ozark and Secretary of Southeast Alabama Solid Waste Authority, Billy Blackwell.

Houston County's solid waste will now go to the City of Dothan's landfill.
Officials say citizens will see no difference, this will only affect where the solid waste goes once it's picked up.

"That's what we were in business for, is to help our communities and help our neighbors and by Houston County being in, it helped us and now we are on our feet so the impact to the Southeast Solid Waste Authority will be business as usual," says Blackwell..

"It reflects none on the Authority, the Authority serves a great purpose for those members that are using them but honestly with our arrangement from Dothan, they were actually loosing money from our garbage anyway," says Culver.

Although the partnership has ended, both parties wish well for one another.

"I'm sad to see them go. I enjoyed working with the members, from Houston County that the Houston County Commission appointed to our board and I wish them the best and i know they do us," says Blackwell.

Henry, Geneva and Dale counties as well as the City of Eufala are still apart of the Authority.

Taking solid waste to the City landfill instead of the Authority site in Campbellton will save Houston County nearly 300,000 dollars a year.

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