Logan’s landfill closes in less than one year

Chris Cooper Managing Editor

July 21, 2014

The closure of Logan County’s landfill is less than a year away and much preparation is expected from now until July 4, 2015, when Waste Management, Inc., closes the gates.

Logan County will see major changes with the closure of the landfill, some positive, while some negative. The positive is the stopping of immense traffic that comes into the county by way of large trucks bringing in waste from other states. Hopefully the odor that has plagued the area surrounding the landfill will finally go away. And debris that forms on the road into the landfill will diminish. The negative aspect is the county will lose a great deal of revenue it generates off of a percentage of tonnage that comes into the landfill.

According to Judge Executive Logan Chick, the county has received around $200,000 annually from the landfills existence in Logan County. The past two years the county has received much more than that since Waste Management, Inc. is trying to fill up the landfill before the closing date. In 2011-2012 the county received $642,762 and in 2012-2013 they received $729,202.

“We are definitely going to feel this loss,” said judge Chick, “but we anticipated this, so we were able to save some of the revenue and plan for when we no longer get it. I believe we will be okay.”

The biggest hit will be the solid waste recycling line item, which a portion of the funding generated from the landfill supports. The county has a solid waste coordinator, as well as a solid waste recycling center. The line item for the 2014-2015 budget year for solid waste is $278,000. Of course the county will continue to receive funding for the litter abatement program ($43,134), a waste tire grant ($3,000) and the recycling center itself generates approximately $60,000.

Closing a landfill is a complicated task. The first step is preparing a conceptual design that meets current regulations, then submitting a closure permit application to the appropriate regulatory agency. The application should include plans, general specifications, quality control measures and other technical details.

A landfill involves three major design elements: slope stability, drainage and gas controls. Slope stability is usually defined as the general stability of the slope and landfill mass as well as the soil/cap interface stability. Proper slope design is necessary for an environmentally sound closure.

The closer the closure gets, the more information the county will most likely receive, said judge Chick.