Truck first at landfill

December 11, 2000

Truck first at landfill

By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

New landfillThe opening ceremony for the new Forty West Landfill was as festive as it could be for a 425-acre site that will be collecting garbage for the next 80 to 100 years.


In place of a ribbon-cutting and speeches, a dump truck from BFI carrying the first load of trash onto the site marked the brief Monday morning opening.

Washington County Commissioner William Wivell also threw in a bag of trash.

"It was a quiet, passive opening," said Public Works Director Gary Rohrer. "There was no spectacular fanfare."

The humble launching came after 12 years of county planning. Rohrer said the current board of Washington County Commissioners and two previous boards worked to make the $13.6 million landfill a reality.


Forty West Landfill, near the Conococheague Creek and just off U.S. 40, replaces the Resh Sanitary Landfill, which is at its capacity.

The new landfill is open only to contractors for now, but the public can drop off garbage beginning in mid-January. Until then, residents should continue to take their garbage to the Resh Sanitary Landfill.

Rohrer said public use of the new site has a later opening date so the Solid Waste Department can monitor the first layer of trash in an attempt to protect the dump's 30-inch liner from damage. Once the first layer of garbage has been safely placed, the landfill will open to the public.

A 12,000-square-foot, nearly $549,000 maintenance building at the landfill site is expected to be completed by May 2001. GRC General Contractors, of Zullinger, Pa., was awarded the contract last month.

The building will include restrooms, a lunch room, machine shop, storage areas and an office for service work.

The project was previously budgeted at $375,000, but projected costs rose to $500,000. GRC, however, submitted the lowest construction bid at $548,997, an increase of nearly $49,000 over what was expected. GRC had the lowest of six bids.

The money is coming from Solid Waste revenue surpluses.

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