White County’s Solid Waste Committee addresses old problem

By | June 7, 2018 6:57 am

Harold England, Bruce Frasier, and Mack Johnson, member of the Solid Waste Committee, discuss their options for expansion of the landfill.

The White County Solid Waste Committee met June 4 to discuss the condition of the landfill and whether or not to go higher with the waste being deposited in the existing landfill cell.

According to Denny Wayne Robinson, White County executive, a permit requesting for vertical expansion has been submitted to the state and is close to being approved.

Heather Grissom, the county executive’s administrative assistant, there are many variables that have to happen for a cell to be approved to hold more waste.

“A landfill can be made up of several cells; these are holes in the ground,” says Grissom. “There are a lot of rules and regulations that go into maintaining these cells, such as the depth of a cell, how, and with what, they will be covered up with, and the maintenance of leachate.”

Leachate is the liquid runoff that comes off the deposited waste and seeps down into the ground. Leachate must be constantly monitored and cannot exceed state mandated levels. Engineering firms work with the state government on how deep a cell can be and at what level can the waste come to within the cell. It is because of these rules and regulations of the state that White County asked the state for a vertical expansion or the “go ahead” to put more waste into a certain cell.

“We work with the state on a weekly basis,” says Grissom. “Once we changed engineering firms, we developed a relationship with the state as we have never had before.”

The next Solid Waste Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., July 2, 2018, directly following the Steering Committee B meeting, in the White County executive office meeting room.

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