Bankhead “TRASH” Transfer Station

The Bankhead “TRASH” Transfer Station (BTS) has raised its ugly head again and has found its way back on the Cobb County Commission agenda.

The Bankhead “TRASH” Transfer Station (BTS) has raised its ugly head again and has found its way back on the Cobb County Commission agenda to be approved to accept household waste in our community.  As you may recall, the commission voted unanimously, with one abstention, last summer to deny the zoning and land use applications of the Bankhead “TRASH” Transfer Station.  The company’s attorney’s appealed the decision.  In Cobb County, all filed cases are required to go to mediation.  We were given assurances that the County would vigorously defend the decision of the Commission and that county officials would allow us to take part in or keep us aware of when the mediation occurred and what transpired.  These promises were not kept.

The mediation of this case took place in December, without the knowledge or input of our community.  Assistant County Attorney Joe Atkins participated in this mediation and agreed to settle this matter by essentially allowing the Bankhead Transfer Station to bring trash back to our community.  His negotiations also involved allowing BTS to go back to GDOT to convince them to reverse their opposition to this matter.  Documents from the transfer station’s attorney as well as GDOT are attached that will reflect what transpired.  I have also attached the 2012 GDOT letter for your review. 

LegacyCare's and Shelia Edwards have begun discussions with our local, state and federal elected officials for their help.  As a community, we need to prepare ourselves now to fight this matter by all means available to us.  The first phase is letter writing to the Commissioners to request that they not allow this matter that was just voted down to come back in for a new vote.  We need to remind our commissioners that these applications were not just denied because of proximity to an airport, but also because the applications were contrary to Commission policy as set forth in various adopted Master Plans, our community already has an excess amount of transfer stations, and the negative and adverse impacts that such facility will have on nearby residential communities.   All of these reasons are just as valid today as they were when these applications were denied last summer. 

Please see the attached contact list.  We ask that you begin sending letters to the Commissioners asking them to vote no to this settlement.  You can use the information in this paragraph and add your own comments as to why they should vote no.    

Lastly, please make plans now to “pack” the Public Hearing at the Zoning Meeting.  We cannot rely on a few people to fight this – we need everyone.  We care about our families, our home, and our community.  We need each of the Commissioners to know this.  Please make plans now to be present at this meeting that is scheduled for February 19, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the Cobb Commission office.  Additional details will follow as I gather information. 


Please share this message with your neighbors.  Get the word out.  We need everyone involved.  Please see the link below for the complete zoning files on this matter. 




 Here is who to contact

Cobb County Commission

Commission Member




Tim Lee


770 528-3300


Helen Goreham

District 1



Bob Ott

District 2



JoAnn Birrell 

District 3



Lisa Cupid

District 4




Cobb County Manager, Clerks, Zoning and Planning Departments, and Mableton Organizations




Cobb County Manager

David Hankerson


Cobb County Deputy Clerk

Lori Presnell


Cobb County Deputy Clerk: 

Karen King


Planning and Zoning Department

Robert Hosack


Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC)

Robin Meyer


Legacy Cares

Shelia Edwards







Congressman David Scott

c/o Chandra Harris, District Director, Isaac Dodoo, Deputy District Director




(770) 432-5405

Representative State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan. 


770-912 - 0609

Senator  Horacena Tate


(404) 463-8053


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Larry King January 31, 2013 at 07:37 PM
The expansion of the C&D waste transfer station on Veteran’s Memorial Highway in Mableton appears to run counter to the ideals, spirit, and overall quality of life strategies for the future development of South Cobb as outlined in the South Cobb Implementation Strategy that is not quite two years old.
electric123 February 01, 2013 at 08:08 AM
I will write my commissioner to say "YES"! see all you people in Cobb are totally F***** UP! leave those people alone they are in a business district of Bankhead Hwy, all of the sudden Rep. Morgan want to jump on the Falcons stadium bandwagon to think people of Atlanta or other county's would come to Cobb even if Arthur Blank would consider it, you people are all on dope! you view the economic impact for south Cobb, but there are people in Atlanta that drink, commit crimes that expect Atlanta officials to have a blind eye to their actions, Cobb county people and the aggressiveness tactics of the police are well known in Atlanta and their previous racially "Black eyes" over several decades I have lived here, no one in Atlanta or surrounding counties want anything to do with Cobb.
electric123 February 03, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I vote YES for Trash transfer station and of course you all know Falcons will laugh in every-bodies face about moving to Cobb!
Jeniffer Jerral February 09, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I will make sure I am urging the commissioners to say NO to this trash! The commissioners are elected officials that should be looking out for the well being of their constituents.
electric123 February 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM
The Law is the Law and I am sure commissioners are going jump on the revenue bandwagon with more taxes to the trash transfer station and not concerned about the residents or constituents it all about money not your quality of life, remember it is what it is! and do research on other metropolitan cities around the USA and see how they handle trash transfer stations!


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