Although the county's existing Class I landfill still has a remaining life of a year and seven months, the new solid waste transfer station could begin operation by late summer.
The transfer station is located in the Smithville Industrial Park on Highway 70 east behind Tenneco Automotive.
County Mayor Tim Stribling told WJLE Friday that the conversion from the landfill to the transfer station could begin in August or September. Some work yet remains to be done before the facility is completed. Under an agreement with the county, the City of Smithville has installed a waterline to the site and the county will have to pave the road leading to the transfer station.