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Proposed Plan Could Reduce Garbage Fees, Extend the Life of One Ohio Landfill

With the new plan, 70 percent of the waste currently entering the landfill would be recycled or composted.

In Ohio, officials are impressed by a proposed plan that could reduce garbage fees, extend the life of the Franklin County landfill and generate more than $40 million annually.

With the new plan, 70 percent of the waste currently entering the landfill would be recycled or composted, and the tipping fee would drop from $42.75 to $39.75 per ton. Additionally, the diverted waste could be sold to recyclers to generate more than $40 million a year for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch has more information:

A plan that could lower garbage fees, extend the life of the Franklin County landfill and generate $40 million annually has officials excited, but because similar plans previously fizzled, this one is being greeted with judicious hopefulness.

"We want this landfill to last as long as it can," said Ty Marsh, executive director of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, the owner and operator. "Building a landfill is a very expensive proposition."

The landfill — immediately west of I-71 in Jackson Township in the southwest part of the county — opened in 1984 and takes in about 100 million tons of trash a year. About 170 acres of the 283-acre site is used to hold trash, leaving a landfill life of about 24 years.

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