Counties may provide a full range of solid waste management activities including the collection and disposal of solid waste, and energy of material recovery. Many counties contract with private sector firms to collect solid waste and transport the waste to county-operated landfills for disposal
As landfills reach capacity and new sites become harder to locate, several counties have begun to burn their waste in special incinerators and sell the resulting energy product (steam) to nearby industries. Such an incinerator plant was opened in 1985 in Hampton. Three counties, Bamberg, Colleton and Hampton, transport all of their non-hazardous solid wastes to the Hampton plant where the waste is burned. The steam produced from this waste is sold to the nearby Westinghouse Corporation.
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