ArborNature, LLC has requested approval from DHEC to operate a new Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Transfer Station (TRAN-00036) at 26 Summit Drive on Hilton Head Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Operations will include offloading, sorting and recycling of C&D debris before it is transferred to an appropriate disposal facility. This webpage has been created to share DHEC’s Solid Waste Permitting information for this new transfer station.
DHEC has carefully considered all comments and information received from concerned citizens and has added conditions to the permit to address concerns that are within our authority. DHEC has determined that the ArborNature C&D Debris Transfer Station can comply with all applicable solid waste regulations. Having made this determination, and being in receipt of the required financial assurance, DHEC has approved the permit application and is issuing Permit No. TRAN-00036 for operation of the ArborNature C&D Transfer Station on March 4, 2021. Special conditions have been added to the permit to address concerns received during the public comment period that are within DHEC's authority. These conditions are outlined in detail in the Approved Permit and in Section 2 of the Summary of Responses to Comments.
A public notice announcing issuance of the permit will be published in The Island Packet newspaper on March 4, 2021. The final permit documents are as follows:
- Public Notice of Permit Issuance
- Memo of Permit to Concerned Citizens
- Summary of Responses to Comments
- Permit Cover Letter
- Approved Permit
- Approved Site Plan
- Approved Operational Plan
- Guide to DHEC Board Review
DHEC appreciates the interest, engagement, and comments received from all of our stakeholders during the environmental permitting process for this transfer station.
Solid Waste Permitting Overview
DHEC’s Bureau of Land and Waste Management (BLWM) received a permit application from ArborNature, LLC for the proposed transfer station on March 4, 2020. A C&D Debris Transfer Station is allowed to accept Class 2 wastes, which are found in Appendix I of Regulation 61-107.19. Class 2 wastes include, but are not limited to, the following: asphalt, bricks, concrete, shingles, dry wall, furniture, pipes and land-clearing debris. ArborNature has requested a transfer rate of 240 tons per day. This transfer rate is used to determine the amount of financial assurance.
Transfer stations are places where waste is offloaded, sorted and recycled before it is transferred to an appropriate disposal facility. C&D debris will be delivered to the site and placed on a pad. Once on the pad, the operator may separate the waste out that can be recycled. The remaining waste will then be consolidated and sent to an appropriate disposal facility. All C&D material will either be located on the pad or in a container. ArborNature has not been given approval to stockpile or store excess C&D material at the site.
Documents used in the BLWM permitting process are available below:
- Permit Application
- Solid Waste Regulation 61-107.7
- Draft Permit
- Public Notice
- Additional resources
Questions about the proposed ArborNature Transfer Station and DHEC’s solid waste permitting process may be directed to:
|Arbor Nature C&D Transfer Station - Solid Waste Permitting Timeline|
|March 4, 2020||Application submitted for a proposed construction and demolition (C&D) transfer station.|
|June 10, 2020||DHEC published a public notice of the draft permit in The Island Packet newspaper and on the DHEC website.|
|August 18, 2020||DHEC published a second public notice of the draft permit with an extended comment period, public meeting and public hearing.|
|September 10, 2020||DHEC held a virtual public meeting at 6:30 pm in an informal setting to discuss the proposed transfer station and answer questions. Information about the proposed operation and DHEC’s permitting process were shared.|
|September 24, 2020||DHEC held a second virtual public meeting at 6:30 pm in an informal setting to discuss the proposed transfer station and answer questions. Information about the proposed operation and DHEC’s permitting process were shared.|
|October 22, 2020||DHEC held a virtual public hearing in a formal setting for comments to be transcribed by a court reporter.|
|November 5, 2020||DHEC's extended public comment period closed.|
|March 4, 2021||DHEC approved the permit application and issued Permit No. TRAN-00036 for operation of the transfer station with special conditions added in response to comments received during the public comment period that are within DHEC’s authority. DHEC published a public notice announcing the permit issuance in The Island Packet newspaper and provided notification to everyone on its mailing list. A summary response to all comments received was also provided.|