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Rubble landfill closing 25 years early

October 29, 2000

Rubble landfill closing 25 years early



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Less than six years after it opened, at a total capital cost to date of about $3.4 million, the rubble landfill at Kemp's Mill Road is closing to the public, at least temporarily, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said.

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The landfill will close Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. but will continue accepting yard waste, including grass, leaves and brush. All other debris must be taken to the Resh Sanitary Landfill on Md. 63, Greencastle Pike, he said Wednesday.

Signs have been posted at the landfill to let users know about the closing, he said.

After more than five years of planning, the rubble landfill opened in August 1995 to fill a county need for a place to take construction debris and other rubble. The county purchased 138 acres for the landfill in 1990.

But with the new Forty West Landfill opening in mid-December that need has been alleviated, he said. That landfill originally had a 30-year capacity but under the present design it has an 80 to 100 year capacity, he said.

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At an as yet undetermined date, the public will be able to start taking rubble to Forty West Landfill, he said. Equipment from the rubble landfill will be moved to Forty West, he said.

County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Thursday it did not make financial sense to have staff and equipment at both the rubble landfill and the Forty West Landfill. Instead it was more logical to direct all waste to the new landfill, he said.

Another factor, Rohrer said, was more stringent state regulation of the second cell at the landfill.

"The next phase of construction would require a major capital investment in a stormwater management facility and a pumping station and force main system for the leachate system. A cost analysis on a per-ton basis between the two facilities clearly showed that the consolidation was definitely in the best interest of the county taxpayers," he said.

While he did recall the cost of a second landfill cell, it was evident that with those requirements it did not make sense to build another one when Forty West was opening, he said.

They have reached capacity on the first cell, he added.

Though the rubble landfill was only open for a short time, given its 25 to 30 year capacity, it was a necessary expense because of capacity constraints at the Resh landfill, he said.

A county contractor has been exporting trash from Resh because it was near capacity. The landfill would have reached capacity sooner if there had not been another place for the public to take rubble and yard waste, he said.

While the rubble landfill is closing, the county's permit will remain valid, which means they could reopen at some time in the future, he said. It was not time and money wasted, he said.

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