Andy Drummond, facility manager for Best Way Disposal in Anderson, has acted as the spokesman for all three companies which are affiliated. He said the companies have no need or current plans to use the property as a landfill.
He explained that 600 Land, Inc. owns permits, landfills and transfer stations and Bex Farms, Inc., owns the buffer land around landfills and transfer stations in addition to land being held for investment purposes.
“The Mallard Lake land purchase is primarily to control what happens with the permit,” Drummond said.
Best Way is talking to local farmers about renting the tillable land and is interested in selling, leasing or developing the property, he said.
'Best interest in mind'
O’Neal said it does not make sense for a solid waste, recycling and disposal company to spend more than $1 million on a landfill they do not intend to use.
“I don’t trust them,” O’Neal said. “I don’t trust any of them.”
Drummond said he knows the landfill has raised the concerns of its neighbors and those living in the county.
“People that understand the refuse industry and know Best Way well appear to be thrilled we are now involved with the future plans for the property,” Drummond said. “Best Way Disposal is an established and credible company operating in Madison County since 1999. We work and live here as well. As always, and in the future, we strive to have the best interest of the community in mind.”
The company owns landfills in Greensburg, Indianapolis and Modoc, but this is its smallest landfill. It also owns transfer stations and a recycling center.
Drummond said he cannot imagine any “unfortunate circumstances” that would require the company to rely on Mallard Lake for landfill purposes.
“Best Way hauls the trash from Anderson to Randolph Farms Landfill in Modoc,” he said in an email to The Herald Bulletin. “Through planning and permitting our goal is to keep the available capacity at Randolph Farms between 15 and 20 years and is currently within that goal.”