Developer holds meeting on proposed Screven Co. landfill

Developer holds meeting on proposed Screven Co. landfill

SCREVEN CO, Ga. (WTOC) -A developer that wants to build a landfill in Screven County just south of Sylvania is making his case to the community Tuesday evening.

The proposed landfill would be on Louie D. Newton Road off Highway 301.

Developer Ben Watts has pointed out that the money the landfill would bring in would pay the county as well as generate a number of jobs. But opposition has already rallied against it, pointing at the environmental threat and how the traffic would harm their property.

“When you want to build a landfill, opposition comes from everwhere," said Ben Wall. "That comes with the territory, that’s the nature of the business.”

Hundreds of opponents voiced their concerns about a commercial landfill in Screven County.

“When it comes to waste, I don’t want an 80 acre landfill next to or on my friend’s land,” said John McAfee. "Trash has to be dealt with but there have to be better avenues.

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