KINGSPORT — The city of Kingsport is changing where it dumps its garbage, a move that will save the city around $245,000 a year.
But the move will also cost Sullivan County around $675,000 a year in tipping fees.
Last week, the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen entered into a contract with Advanced Disposal Services to use its landfill for the next five years. ADS opened a new landfill earlier this year off Highway 394 in Sullivan County.
For years, Kingsport has taken the garbage it collects from households to the Sullivan County transfer station off Brookside Drive, paying the normal tipping fee like anyone else. Sullivan County then transfers the garbage to the landfill in Hawkins County owned by Allied Waste.
But with the new landfill coming online, Kingsport officials believed it was time to consider other options that may save the city some money. Earlier this summer, Kingsport sent out requests for proposals to three local waste disposal companies and Sullivan County to see if they could get a better deal.
“With the new landfill, a lot of competition was brought into this arena,” said Ryan McReynolds, public works director for the city. “It’s something we have been trending and tracking and thinking we needed to do in years past, going out and trying to find out what is the best service for the citizens of Kingsport at the lowest cost.”
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