A Columbia County contractor hopes to recycle as much as 80 percent of the construction debris it collects with a new facility near Grovetown.
Tutt Contracting Inc. currently sends construction and demolition waste from its fleet of roll-off waste containers to local landfills, said co-owner Preston Tutt.
The 29-acre recovery facility to be built near Parham Road is designed to separate and recover metal,
drywall, brick, lumber and other materials that otherwise would be buried as waste. Planning for the project has been underway for more than two years, Tutt said, and construction is expected to begin within 30 days, with completion in seven to nine months.
Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division, which evaluated environmental studies for the site, issued a state solid waste handling permit for the project Aug. 9.
The permit is in effect but under Georgia law remains subject to appeal for 30 days after issuance, said Jeffrey Cown, the EPD’s land protection branch chief, in a notification letter to county officials and other parties.
The permit places conditions on the facility, including a ban on storing or receiving municipal solid waste, liquid waste, sewage sludge or hazardous wastes. Other requirements include record-keeping, odor and dust control and periodic state inspections.
Columbia County commissioners approved rezoning of the property in March 2012 and later granted the company a letter stating that the proposed facility would meet waste-management criteria as required by the state Environmental Protection Division.
Tutt has said the facility will accommodate about 25 trucks a day, all of which will enter the facility off Gordon Highway. He said the site plan indicates runoff drains toward Gordon Highway, away from residential development, and that an on-site retention pond will also help mitigate waste.