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County approves hauling contract

August 08, 2000

County approves hauling contract



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


The Washington County Commissioners will pay Waste Management of Shenandoah Valley about $240,600 to haul away local sludge for about four months until the county's new landfill opens.

The Forty West Landfill is scheduled to open around December 2000. It will replace the Resh Sanitary Landfill, which county officials have said they expect to close around November because it will be full.

Waste Management will haul sludge from the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Mountain View Reclamation Landfill in Greencastle, Pa. The commissioners approved the contract during their meeting Tuesday.

The hauling is necessary since the county will be without a landfill for a few weeks.

Cheaper tipping fees at the Pennsylvania landfill will make hauling the sludge cheaper - by more than $120,000 - than it would cost to haul it to the existing county landfill, Water and Sewer Director Greg Murray said.

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The county is also paying IESI Corp. of Scotland, Pa., about $300,000 to temporarily haul some of Washington County's trash to its landfill in Scotland.

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 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.

An agreement with nearby property owners locked the county into building a bridge to connect the site to U.S. 40 instead of upgrading roads on the same side of the Conococheague as the landfill.

Joseph B. Fay Co. of Pittsburgh has a $4.5 million contract to build the access road to the landfill and the bridge. That work is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, Rohrer said.

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