The rumble and roar of bulldozers, dump trucks pervade the Mid Valley Landfill, which spans 448 acres and is the most active of San Bernardino County’s five landfills and nine transfer stations.
Things have been bustling here the past two years — since the county entered into a 10-year trash-hauling contract with City of Industry-based Athens Services. That’s because Athens, per its contract, promised to import 800,000 tons of solid waste annually to the county to generate more revenue.
“This takes the lion’s share of the imported waste Athens brings in,” said Rex Richardson, solid waste programs administrator for the county’s Solid Waste Management Division, during a recent tour of the landfill.
Per the terms of its $16.7 million contract with the county, Athens also guaranteed it would generate a minimum of $14.8 million in revenue for the county in its first year and $23.3 million in revenue every year after that.
Athens exceeded the first-year goal, raking in $15.2 million in revenue, and it expects to generate more than $26 million for the county in its second year, said Anthony Bertrand, area vice president for Athens Services.