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Franklin commissioners sign off on Sonoco recycling contract

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LOUISBURG — In a move straying from traditional practices, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved finalizing a one-year contract with Sonoco Recycling LLC for the county’s commingled recycling program at its July 8 meeting.

Bryan Haynesworth, the county’s solid waste director, said the new one-year contract was necessary due to the trend of China restricting imports of recycling material from the U.S. due to contaminants, causing an increase in the cost of recycling.

“This has been going on for the last five or six years,” Haynesworth told the board. “Our last contract was an attractive one, with the county receiving $5 per ton for material. But over the life of the contract, that was reduced due to the increased processing cost. That’s why we decided to shorten the term of the contract so that we can be nimble enough so that we can make any changes.”

The contract with Sonoco, which was the only bid received during the bid period last month, was approved retroactive to July 1 through June 30, 2020 with two optional one-year renewals following. The terms of the contract include a $100 processing fee per ton, $75 fee for contamination (non-recyclable) handling, a processing fee deduction of 100 percent, and a 50 percent revenue share. The county’s previous vendor, Waste Management’s Recycle America, submitted a no-bid response.

“After consideration of our proposal where we were asking for the best pricing for processing our materials, they (Waste Management) were unable to meet what Sonoco was able to do,” Haynesworth said. “The key for this was the amount of the deduction the company (Sonoco) provides, which they knew they couldn’t meet.”

The board also approved a bid from Daniels & Daniels Construction Company of $6.8 million for construction of the Louisburg High School Athletic Complex. The proposal, which is $6.6 million with a $200,000 contingency fund, is projected to break ground later this year and is expected to open in fall 2020.

In appointments, the commissioners reappointed Dwight Williams to the county’s Agricultural Advisory Board for a three-year term. Board Chairman Sidney Dunston was chosen as the board’s voting delegate for the annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners conference to be held Aug. 22-24 in Guilford County. Also going to the conference is Lance Williams, a student at Bunn High School, who will be a youth representative to learn about the role of county commissioners and further develop social and communications skills.

The next meeting of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Franklin County Administration Building, 113 Market St., Louisburg.