Trash hauling costs less than expected

May 23, 2000|By LAURA ERNDE

It will cost less than expected to temporarily export Washington County's trash while a new landfill is being built.

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The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday awarded a trash hauling contract to IESI Corp. of Scotland, Pa.

IESI will charge $38.05 per ton to truck the trash from Resh Sanitary Landfill and dump it at its landfill in Scotland.

"I thought we were talking about a much higher price," said Commissioner John L. Schnebly.

The county estimates it will export a total of 8,000 tons of trash at a cost of $304,400.

The landfill had budgeted $356,000 for the service.

The county plans to transfer about 75 to 100 tons of trash daily for up to 20 weeks while the Forty West Landfill is being built.


The cost of taking it to Pennsylvania is less than the $45 per ton the county charges to accept trash at Resh.

That led Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook to ask why the county can't continue to export.

Solid Waste Director Bob Davenport said it isn't fair to compare the two fees.

The landfill in Scotland is in dire need of customers right now because it's undergoing an expensive liner project, he said.

Under the export plan, the Resh landfill will continue to accept about 250 tons of trash a day.

Employees will use heavy equipment to load some of the trash onto tractor-trailers bound for Pennsylvania, he said.

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.

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