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Solid waste boss retiring, plans to travel
Sapp 'wastes' no time
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Dave Sapp jokes and Sara Ann Swida contemplate cutting his retirement cake, which was decorated to look like a garbage truck. - photo by Photo by Jen Alexander McCall
Liberty County Solid Waste Director Dave Sapp left a remarkable impression on many people during his tenure with Liberty County’s Solid Waste Department. Those who have worked with him throughout the years and have borne witness to his creative, straightforward approach to improving solid waste service paid tribute to him at a retirement reception Tuesday afternoon. Sapp says goodbye to the department today.
“I met him when I was chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee, and I’ve known him well for about eight years,” guest John Henderson said. “I appreciated his honesty and the straightforward way he would approach anything and when he would present anything to us. Dave has done an outstanding job with solid waste.”
Joy Kennedy, a teacher at Midway Middle School and adviser to the Builders Club, said she is grateful for Sapp’s help in starting a student recycling effort.
Sapp’s career with the county began in 1986, after he retired from the military. He came on board first as a county engineer then moved into the role of public works director before he was named solid waste director.
Sapp is celebrated by many community members for his efforts to establish recycling drop-off centers and kick-start the schools’ milk bottle recycling program, but he said he is also proud of getting polycarts to rural county customers and implementing the solid waste assessment.
“It’s a burden but it doesn’t burden the general fund,” he said of the assessment. “The people who use the service are the ones who pay for it.”
Sapp said he’ll most miss the people he’s worked alongside, the employees and residents of Liberty County, but he looks forward to retirement, which he hopes to spend traveling the U.S. — when he’s not working on his ‘honey-do’ list. “I would like to see all the national parks,” Sapp said.
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