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Shoop says county may export trash

January 28, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Washington County may begin exporting some of its trash to an undetermined location outside the county as early as May or June, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Wednesday.

The possibility is raised in a backup plan given to Shoop by Solid Waste Director Robert Davenport. Shoop said the plan has not yet been made public or discussed with the Washington County Commissioners.

Diverting trash elsewhere will be necessary at some point because the county's Resh Sanitary Landfill is nearly full and is expected to close around Nov. 1. The new Forty West Sanitary Landfill probably won't be ready for use until about Dec. 15, according to county estimates.

Meanwhile, the county is considering exporting trash from its transfer stations starting around May, Shoop said. Because that trash is already in containers it would be easier to export, he said.

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The county has transfer stations in Hancock, Greensburg, Kaetzel and Dargen.

The county probably will accept bids to determine the least expensive place to send the trash, he said.

Public Works Director Gary Rohrer has estimated it will cost $12 million each to close the Resh Landfill and to open Forty West, initially called the Lund Landfill. The new landfill has not been officially named.

The opening of Forty West won't be delayed by the fact the Maryland Department of the Environment canceled a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday because of snow.

The county has asked that the hearing be held in about three weeks, but the state has not confirmed a date, Shoop said.

Even though the landfill is under construction, the hearing is required by the state. The state has issued a draft permit for the landfill, but the final permit is pending the outcome of the public hearing.

The county plans to advertise for bids for a contractor to build the landfill's first cell but will not award the bid until it gets the final permit.

The landfill is on the east side of Independence Road, about 1.5 miles east of Rockdale Road in Washington County. The property is in a bend of the Conococheague Creek near the Resh Sanitary Landfill.

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