"what happens if the state says no to the new permits White Street
would need to stay open beyond a few years?
...the reopened White Street Landfill could have 30 years of capacity left
— or only six years, depending on whether the state allows it to expand."
The Greensboro News & Record Editorial Board
May 8, 2011
"Trash Talk Consumes City Council Briefing
Paul Crissman, the Solid Waste Division section chief of the North Carolina DENR in Raleigh…[said] exploring alternative technologies is fine, but right now none of them work on municipal solid waste because the waste stream, which is a fancy word for household garbage, is so diverse…He talked about various "Willy Wonka" type machines that had been purchased by landfill operations, and all had failed.
...Crissman was interrupted by a long discussion by councilmembers about whether or not to issue an RFP, how long the White Street Landfill could remain open if it did go back into operation, and a host of other topics. The answer to the length of time is 5 to 7 years, if nothing changes.
...But the city can apply for permit modifications, which can be approved in a couple of months and could extend the life of the current cell while a new cell is permitted. Estimates are that it would take 50 to 75 years to use the White Street Landfill site to its full potential."
Rhinoceros Times, September 24, 2009