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Elko County Nevada Should Start Planning for a New Landfill

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The landfill serving Elko County Nevada handles the solid waste generated by households and businesses for almost the entire county.

In approximately 1980, the landfill had a lifespan of 25 years and operated with a method that dumped the waste into a trench and then bulldozed over it to level out the waste.

Now, with the passage of Schedule D, better handling and compaction of the solid waste and the acquisition of 320 additional acres acquired from Bureau of Land Management, its lifespan has been extended 107 years.

Dennis Strickland, Elko’s public works director, believes the county should begin researching a future site because the process for the government to approve a new site is lengthy.

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