Sunday, May 8, 2011

White Street Landfill long term capacity: 30 years or 50 to 75?

"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."

John Hammer
Rhinoceros Times, September 24, 2009

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