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DREMC helps keep costs down for Solid Waste Management

Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:25 am

Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) recently announced the awarding of a zero-interest, rural development loan totaling $640,000 to the Interlocal Solid Waste Authority (ISWA). The organization currently oversees solid waste in Moore, Bedford, Franklin and Lincoln counties and the cities of Shelbyville and Tullahoma The funds, provided by the Rural Development office of USDA, will partially finance the purchase of two solid waste transfer stations. “These transfer stations are used to keep solid waste moving from our communities to landfill locations in Murfreesboro and Cleveland,” explained Wayne Limbaugh, ISWA Board Treasurer and Public Works Director for the City of Tullahoma. “Owning these transfer stations allows ISWA to ensure the continuation of stable solid waste disposal costs for households and businesses in the participating areas.” In 1995, the ISWA began operating as a public entity for managing solid waste disposal and educating the public about waste reduction. Participating county and city governments collect solid waste, and it is then transported to the transfer stations. ISWA will repay the loan at no interest to DREMC over a ten-year period. Additionally, ISWA will contribute more than $160,000 to the project creating a value to the area of approximately $800,000. “We want to thank Duck River Electric for helping us obtain this loan,” commented Limbaugh. “This helps us keep costs down for the communities that pay for the transfer stations. We realize it was not a simple or quick process obtaining the rural development loan, and we appreciate the people at DREMC for making the eff ort to help us get this.” “Our cooperative is committed to the communities we serve and to enhancing the quality of life for our members,” remarked DREMC President and CEO Michael Watson. “Our mission statement expresses this value, and we work hard to turn these words into action. This rural development loan is one more example of how we do this and what makes an electric cooperative different from other utilities. The project was a natural  t for us, and we are proud to be a part of it.” Duck River EMC, a Touchstone Energy cooperative, is a not-for-profit, member owned organization providing electric and other services to more than 73,000 homes and businesses in southern Middle Tennessee. Duck River EMC serves an area of approximately 2,500 square miles in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Rutherford, and Williamson counties in southern Middle Tennessee