Henrico County’s last publicly operated landfill will close this summer, according to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The Springfield Road Landfill will close at the end of June. Work on capping the landfill will begin next year and wrap up in the fall of 2015.
“The closing of the landfill will absolutely have no effect on the public use area, and the residents will see no change in operation at all,” Jon Clary, the county’s director of solid waste and recycling, told the RTD.
A new $2.3-million transfer station will open the day after the landfill closes for residential trash. Commercial haulers will have other options.
Henrico County used to operate three landfills. The first was closed in 2004. Another was sold to a private firm, which will handle the waste processed at the new transfer station.
“Due to siting, proximity to residential housing, environmental concerns and because there’s sufficient landfill capacity in proximity to the county, we chose not to develop another landfill,” Clary told the RTD.
As for the transfer facility, it is “fully constructed, said Tim Loveland of Republic Services, which operates the 623 Landfill. The company is waiting on its certificate of occupancy, and he expects the new West End Resource Recovery Facility to open in conjunction with Springfield Road’s closure or perhaps a bit before, he said.”