That somewhere else could be the intersection of Marietta Boulevard and Bankhead Highway, less than two miles west of the Georgia Tech campus. City officials are considering contracting with Brown-Ferris Industries to build a "transfer station" there -- a temporary holding place for trash before it's carted away to a distant landfill.
Ray Chewning, the director of Live Oak, predicts that shutting down Live Oak and going with the transfer station idea will add 110,000 tractor-trailers of trash every year to Atlanta's roads. Not a pleasant thought.
Ivory Lee Young Jr., the city councilman who represents the area where the transfer station may be located, is none too happy.
"The plain simple reality is [the proposed site] is near highly densely populated neighborhoods, most of them contiguous, one next to the other," Young says.
Young says the transfer station sites should be decided by a consensus of neighborhood groups.
"It has to be a win-win situation," Young says. "They just can't go in [my district]."
A judge will decide this month whether Live Oak will have to close next year.