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Landfill pick-for-pay is popular

Waste Management District Manager Tom Cue has asked the King George Board of Supervisors to consider eliminating the quarterly tonnage cap for trash taken at the county landfill, but keeping the annual tonnage cap.

The contract currently calls for an annual maximum of 1,248,000 tons of trash taken per year, with an additional cap of 312,000 tons per quarter.

The notion to consider removing the quarterly capping limit and leaving the annual cap in place was suggested by Cue during a board meeting on Jan. 23, as part of his regular quarterly report. No decision on that potential contract change was made, with only the mention by Cue and no discussion from the board.
Cue said he would bring the request up at a future quarterly meeting. Cue said the annual tonnage for 2013 was less than expected for the year.

At $5 per ton for tipping fees to the county, the revenue brought in annually comes to about $6.22 million. That revenue is used by the county to pay for debt service on capital purchases and for small capital projects.

Cue also updated the board on several issues, his regular practice, as follows.

SECOND CONCENTRATOR
Cue told Supervisors that a second concentrator is up and running. The concentrators are connected to landfill power plant turbines. The heat from the turbines burns off the leachate, which is the liquid runoff collected from landfill trash cells.

With both concentrators operating, it is expected that approximately 55,000 gallons of leachate will be treated per day, seven days per week.

Cue said with both concentrators running, it would eliminate about 230 trucks trips on King George roads per month, with no need for the landfill to haul leachate to Richmond for disposal at a waste water treatment plant.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAYS TBD
Cue said the landfill would again host three household hazardous waste days during the new calendar year, with the first one to be set in April. Keep an eye on the county website and The Journal for dates when set.

PROPOSAL FOR VERTICAL EXPANSION
Cue reminded Supervisors about a future visit to the Sussex County Landfill, operated by Waste Management as Atlantic Waste Disposal, Inc. Chairman Joe Grzeika said he would work with board members and the county administrator to get some dates for a site visit. That landfill is permitted at a height of 510 feet.

Cue has proposed a year ago that the board allow for vertical expansion of the landfill by allowing it to go 100 feet higher. That would require a contract change from the county as well as a permit amendment from the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to increase the height of the landfill.

The existing landfill contract addresses the landfill height, saying, “At no time shall the height of the surface of the facility exceed 275 feet from sea level…”

The benefit to the county to allow the proposed expansion would be to add about 15 more years to the life of the landfill. That would mean close to $100 million additional revenue for the county over the extended timeframe proposed.

Cue has said that if the request to increase the permitted height of the landfill were to be approved, it would not be out of line with the heights of other landfills in the state, such as the one in Sussex, two in Fairfax County permitted at over 300-feet high, and one at Bethel near Newport News permitted to go to 375 feet. The average height of a landfill in the United States is 320 feet.

PICK-FOR-PAY
Cue said the Pick-for-Pay program is popular, with about three dozen groups so far this year asking to participate. He said it would begin in March, with last year’s program described as a big success.
Under the program, $500 donations are provided to organizations in exchange for groups helping pick up trash, mostly along a stretch of Route 3. Groups must have insurance and provide adult supervision for youth groups or school clubs.

Large signs are placed along the designated road area and helmets, vests, pickers and bags are provided, with the bagged trash collected by the landfill after the project is complete. To sign up, call the main number to the King George County Landfill, 775-3123.

Phyllis Cook

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