Officials are considering expanding the SWACO Franklin County Sanitary Landfill in Ohio by 50.7 acres, which would increase the landfill’s lifeline to 2068. The landfill, which handles approximately 4,000 tons of waste per day, is currently expected to be full by 2038.
The expansion of the landfill was originally approved in 1997, but the expansion was halted a decade later by the Ohio Department of Transportation because it was considering using some of the land for a new interchange. The Ohio Department of Transportation ended up not using the land for the interchange so SWACO now wants to use the property that was originally intended for its expansion.
SWACO is holding a public meeting later this week to discuss the expansion and the new approval.
The Columbus Dispatch has more information:
Officials want to expand Franklin County’s landfill to last until 2068.
“It gives us the ability to maximize the land,” said Scott Perry, operations and maintenance director for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, made up of 41 local governments.
The landfill, open since 1984, takes in about 4,000 tons of trash per day. At that rate, without the proposed expansion, the landfill would be full in 21 years in 2038. With the expansion, it could last another 30 years until 2068. The proposed landfill expansion of 50.7 acres among several steps in a plan to ensure that the public won’t have to pay $100 million or more for a new landfill anytime soon.