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County set to export more trash

May 16, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Bids for hauling up to 20 million pounds of Washington County trash to a landfill outside the county will be unsealed Tuesday.

Later that day, the Washington County Commissioners are to award a contract for hauling 75 to 100 tons of trash daily for 12 to 20 weeks from the Resh Sanitary Landfill, Purchasing Agent Karen Luther said.

That is about 6,000 to 10,000 tons total, she said. That translates to 12 million to 20 million pounds.

The contractor who will haul that trash and the landfill where it will be taken will be determined by the bids.

Waste Management of Shenandoah Valley, which has a separate contract with the county, has been hauling trash from the county's four transfer stations to Mountainview Reclamation Landfill in Upton, Pa., since about April 1, Solid Waste Director Robert Davenport said Tuesday.

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Waste Management will continue that hauling until the Forty West Landfill opens around December, he said. At that time the company will resume taking trash from the transfer stations to the Washington County landfill, Davenport said.

On Tuesday the Washington County Commissioners renewed that one-year contract, which also requires Waste Management to provide trash containers at the county's four transfer stations, at a cost of $208,568.

The Forty West Landfill will replace the Resh Sanitary Landfill. Resh is expected to be full and close around November but Forty West isn't expected to open until December.

Exporting some trash now is expected to extend the life of the Resh landfill and cut the length of time the county will be without an open landfill.

The new 425-acre landfill is on the east side of Independence Road, about 1.5 miles east of Rockdale Road, in a bend of the Conococheague Creek. It has an expected life of 80 years.

The landfill receives about 250 tons of trash a day.

There is $356,000 in the department's budget for next fiscal year to pay for exporting trash, Davenport said.

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