Williamsburg County officials named their top three sites for a proposed landfill: the Cades tract, the Heineman tract and the Roper Woods tract.

County Council must submit a location to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control by Tuesday. Before last night’s council meeting, residents remained in the dark on the potential sites.

People who live in Williamsburg County ardently fought a giant 2.3 million-ton landfill that would accept out-of-state trash a few years ago. The contractor had agreed to take all of Williamsburg County’s garbage for free and to pay the county $2 to $2.50 for every ton of trash that came from outside the county.

Instead, officials wound up paying a $750,000 buyout.

In March the county closed a landfill in Salters, an unlined dump site near the river, for failing to meet state and federal regulations.

This time, the proposed landfill would be constructed and operated by a private company at the company’s expense and would handle up to 400,000 tons of trash a year and supposedly would serve only South Carolina, with no out-of-state garbage allowed.