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Contractor wanted to haul trash

February 29, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Wanted: Contractor to export Washington County trash.

When: As soon as possible.

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Because Washington County faces the possibility of being without a landfill for 45 days next winter, the county will accept bids around April from contractors who want to be paid to export some of the county's trash, Solid Waste Director Robert Davenport said.

"We are short of space. We need to start moving," Davenport told the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday.

Private haulers who own a landfill are expected to submit bids, he said.

Under the contract the haulers would take some, but not all, of the county trash from about May or June through mid-December, when the planned Forty West Landfill is expected to open, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said. That landfill is sometimes known as the Lund Landfill.

There is no estimate of how much it will cost to export the trash, he said.

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The new landfill will replace the Resh Sanitary Landfill, which is scheduled to close around November. The new landfill is on the east side of Independence Road, about 1.5 miles east of Rockdale Road, in a bend of Conococheague Creek.

In the meantime, the county's hauler, Waste Management of Shenandoah Valley of Martinsburg, W.Va, will start exporting trash from its transfer stations within the next month, Shoop said.

It makes sense to grab that trash since it is already in containers, Shoop said.

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

Exporting trash will not change the expected dates when the Resh landfill will close and when Forty West opens but it will help keep the time the county is without a landfill to a minimum, Shoop said.

The goal is to try to avoid "painting ourselves in a corner," Davenport said.

The state has issued a draft permit for the new landfill, which is under construction, but the final permit is pending the outcome of a public hearing tonight.

The hearing is at 7 p.m. tonight at Conococheague Elementary School, 12408 Learning Lane, off U.S. 40.

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