UNION COUNTY, NC - Union County is bringing the buzz back to its Solid Waste Management Facility by plating bee-friendly clover over sections of a landfill, officials announced Thursday.
The move is part of an effort to support the declining bee population. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 4,000 species of native bees in North American have been on the decline.
"This is a very important project and we're proud to be a part of it," said Ron Gilkerson, Director of Solid Waste Division, UCPW. "Bees are extremely valuable to us and over the last decade, startling research has shown that these hardworking creatures are in decline."
Ladino Clover was recently planted at the County’s municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill. This portion of the MSW landfill covers approximately 10 acres and was declared inactive in December of 1997 and properly closed per NCDENR requirements in March of 1998.
The organizations hope the clover covering the site will create a pollinator-friendly habitat that allows bees to thrive as well as other local wildlife that will benefit from the new ground cover.