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Denton, Texas, Officials Consider Landfill Mining

The city’s Public Utilities Board is set to review and discuss the future of the landfill mining program during a meeting today.

Two years ago, Denton, Texas’ Solid Waste Department brought in experts from the University of Texas at Arlington to research possible mining of its landfill for recyclable materials, which could be sold and could help open up additional landfill space for future operations.

Last year, solid waste department officials told city leaders about their plan to mine the landfill by the middle of 2016. The City Council approved of the plan and an investment of $4.56 million in equipment and other expenses. The department spent $3.51 million of the investment before the program was put on hold this year.

Now, the city’s Public Utilities Board is set to review and discuss the future of the program during a meeting today.

Denton Record-Chronicle has more:

An experimental program to mine Denton’s landfill for recyclable materials could be stopped before it ever starts.

The city’s Public Utilities Board will consider the future of the nascent program during its regular meeting Monday morning. The board will also hear reports from two other consultants who are assessing operations at Denton Municipal Electric.

Two years ago, the city’s Solid Waste Department brought in experts from the University of Texas at Arlington to research possible mining of the landfill. Both the PUB and the City Council received briefings on what the city could expect from mining the landfill; specifically, that the city could expect to recover recyclable material that could be sold and the city could reclaim the landfill space for future operations.

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