County faces landfill expiration date

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:21 AM.

With the budget process approaching the Board of County Commissioners faces tough questions on how to handle the county’s trash.

With less than five years remaining in the life expectancy of Five Points Landfill and given the money pit that is solid waste removal, commissioners are examining myriad questions about the future of garbage collection and who picks up the tab.

That will almost certainly mean an increase in tipping fees at Five Points Landfill and possibly the end of roadside yard debris removal and the implementation of mandatory garbage pickup.

And looming over any discussion is the reality that unless the county has a permitted, operational method of disposing of solid waste, the county is prohibited by law from issuing a building permit.

During a workshop on Monday commissioners were provided the stark reality of the county’s plight by Solid Waste/Public Works director Joe Danford.

The portrait was nothing to cheer about.

The county currently, and has for years, operated the Five Points Landfill, the lone remaining landfill in the county, at a significant loss.

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