New budget proposed to extend lifespan of Pine Grove Landfill in Columbus

New budget proposed to extend lifespan of Pine Grove Landfill in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Public Works is trying to come up with a solution to pro-long the life span of the Pine Grove Landfill.

Pine Grove Landfill is Columbus’ main landfill where all trash goes.

Columbus Public Works and their consultant are trying to expand the life of the landfill by 25 years and they need a change in their current state permit to do so.

“To get the permit changed, our consultant will have to apply for a new permit or a major modification to our permit,”-said Pat Biegler, director of Public Works.

They are asking for $300,000 to re-design the landfill from having terraced sides to side slopes.

A new design will give them more space to pack trash.

“Right now, they’re terraced so they go up and they step and then they go up and they step and then they go up the law now allows side slopes so we can literally fill in all of those terraced areas and by doing that we can extend the life of the landfill by 25 more years.”-said Biegler

Biegler said there are a total of six slots across the entire landfill with a life span of 36 years.

Four slots are currently in use and the new design will help save millions from having to build the other two earlier than needed.

“So we’re talking about $25 million in the early 20s if we get this change made. That would extend the life of one through four out into the early 30s, so in the 30s we will still be looking at building five and six. But that’s 10 to 12 years later than it would have been,”said Biegler.

The $300,000 dollars is already in the mayors budget.

If approved by city council, they plan to start working on it this summer.

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