County faces landfill expiration date

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

Five Points, opened in 1987 with a permit upgrade in 2009, also has a short shelf life.

The permit for the landfill will expire in 2018 and the county must choose between expanding the landfill, which Danford said would add roughly 10 years to the site, or move in the direction of establishing a transfer station from which the county would haul solid waste to Panama City.

Danford said the logistics of expanding the landfill would prove problematic due to wetlands issues – the recent modification to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection permit, three years in the approval, was to create a dome at Five Points – and due to costs.

Moving to 80 acres the county owns on the north end of the county near Wetappo would be unsuitable for the same reasons, wetlands.

The cost of dirt alone in building up a 20 acre site to suitable level, Danford said, could run $11-$12 million.

The estimate to expand the landfill, Danford said, would bring about an annual operating deficit of $664,426.14, or more than $6.6 million to taxpayers over the life of the expansion, through 2028.

That would include an increase in tipping fees to $46.50.

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