Pa. landfill expands

July 26, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

Mountain View Reclamation is taking another small step toward filling the massive landfill at 9446 Letzburg Road this month as bulldozers dig up 11.5 acres of dirt to make room for a cell to accept more trash, a spokesman for Waste Management said Friday.

Only about 6 of the 11.5 acres being prepared will be lined at first because of budgetary considerations, company spokesman Lee Zimmerman said. It costs about $400,000 an acre to line a cell, he said.

Cells in modern landfills have six linings, from high-tech plastics to synthetic fabrics to clay and crushed stone. Preparing new cells is an ongoing process, Zimmerman said.


Waste Management, which bought the landfill from Remiro Corp. in 1989, owns about 550 acres straddling Antrim, Montgomery and Peters townships.

The company has state Department of Environmental Protection permits to dump trash on 270 acres, although not all of it can be used, Zimmerman said.

Waste Management has enough permitted land to last 30 to 40 years, he said. Permits also have to be obtained from Antrim and Montgomery townships and other state and federal agencies.

Antrim and Montgomery townships receive about $500,000 a year each from the landfill in tipping or host fees, Zimmerman said. None of the land in Peters Township is permitted for landfill use so it gets nothing from the company.

When it first opened in the 1970s, the landfill was little more than a town dump owned by a private individual. It met the standards of the time, Zimmerman said.

When Waste Management bought the property, it created a new cell and transferred the trash buried in the original dump. The company was not required to do that, he said.

About 200 trucks a day haul trash to the facility.

About 76 percent comes from Pennsylvania. The rest comes from out of state, including Hagerstown, Frederick and Martinsburg, W.Va., he said.

The landfill takes in three kinds of refuse - municipal or regular household trash that residents put out on their curbs, construction trash and special residual waste such as foundry sand, Zimmerman said.

It does not accept old tires, batteries or hazardous materials.

Citizens also can dump trash at the landfill. It costs about $13 per pickup load.

The landfill has 20 full-time employees, Zimmerman said.

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