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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The closure of Cooper Tire is already having a negative economic impact. The Dougherty County landfill will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue a year when the plant is out of business.

On average, Cooper dumps about 7,800 tons of debris in the landfill each year. That equates to about $220,000 in revenue. Revenue that will be lost when Cooper is gone.

Since the landfill operates as an enterprise fund, essentially as a business, it must raise fees for customers to make up for that loss. 

"Overall, we've experienced a 10% decrease in our waste stream/revenue, because whatever goes across those scales generates revenue," said Mike McCoy, Landfill Director and Asst. County Administrator. "Those revenues have to meet our operating costs and so that will have an impact on us, losing that significant revenue stream."

The downturn in the economy is another reason for fee increases. Customers aren't disposing of as much trash, because they aren't consuming as much.

Dougherty County residents are allowed to dump up to 260 pounds per day at the landfill for free.

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