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Johnson City no longer considering Carter County for most of its recycling services

John Thompson • Mar 4, 2019 at 10:13 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The urge to merge services appears to have taken a couple of steps backward in Johnson City and Carter County over the past few days.

Last Friday, year-long discussions over a proposal for Johnson City’s electrical utility, BrightRidge, to purchase the Elizabethton Electric Department were terminated without an agreement. On Monday, the Carter County Landfill was informed that Johnson City officials were no longer considering a plan by which the Carter County Landfill would process Johnson City’s recycled materials.

The Carter County Landfill Committee met Monday afternoon at the Carter County Courthouse. Landfill Manager Benny Lyons told the committee that Johnson City officials have decided to purchase a baler for that city and to transport Johnson City- baled recyclables to Asheville, North Carolina.

No representatives from Johnson City attended Monday’s meeting.

Lyons’ announcement ended a short-lived plan for Carter County to process Johnson City recyclables at is recycling center in the Cherokee Industrial Park in Elizabethton.

At the time of the first discussions, it was felt that it might be more economical for Johnson City to take advantage of Carter County’s established recycling operations rather than invest in new equipment.

Lyons said the Johnson City group indicated that it was interested in keeping Carter County Recycling services as an emergency option. 

With Johnson City now out of the picture, Lyons and the Carter County Landfill Committee may consider a proposal to handle Johnson County’s recycled materials.

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