In an emergency meeting today (Dec. 19), the Marlboro County Council unanimously voted to take legal action against J. Davis Enterprise, the current franchise solid waste contractor responsible for household garbage collection in the county.
Davis has operated its service in Marlboro County under other names such as USA Waste.
Davis is operating under a three-year contract approved in January 2017. The county’s lawsuit asserts that Davis has failed to collect garbage on a regular schedule, with adequate personnel and equipment and has not resolved customer complaints in an appropriate manner.
As a result, Marlboro County and its citizens have incurred costs related to alternative means of solid waste disposal, complaint resolution, and other related matters. The action today seeks to recover these costs through the legal progress.
“Our citizens deserve better and the failure of Davis to live up to its contract has caused a hardship for these citizens,” Dr. Carolyn Prince, County Council Chair. “Furthermore, tax dollars should not have to be used to make up for the poor performance of a paid contractor.”
Anticipating the end of the current contract in early February 2020, the county solicited proposals in Spring 2019 for roll-cart collection of waste beginning in February 2020. Council subsequently approved a new contract with Waste Connections.
Waste Connections is a publicly traded company serving more than 7 million customers in 42 states. The company has purchased several new trucks as well as roll carts for its routes in Marlboro County. Service will commence the week following Feb. 8, 2020.