Originally created 08/22/06

Garbage coming in faster



Richmond County's Deans Bridge Road landfill is filling up faster than expected, and neighboring Columbia County might be the reason.

"Our tonnage has gone up approximately 125 tons a day, which is about 9 percent,'' said Mark Johnson, the director of Richmond County solid waste. He said more trash is being sent over from Columbia County since it closed its landfill on Baker Place Road on July 1.

Still, Mr. Johnson says, people shouldn't expect the Richmond County landfill to close anytime soon. Even with more trash being delivered, the Deans Bridge landfill is expected to stay open until 2101.

"When we permitted our landfill, it was permitted for 197 years of life,'' Mr. Johnson said. Columbia County tonnage is a steep increase in trash, he said, but it doesn't have much impact on the landfill's available space.

Mr. Johnson said he's uncertain how much of the increase is from Columbia County residents and how much is from private haulers.

Before and after the closing of the Columbia County landfill, officials told county residents that if they didn't have a garbage hauler they would need to get one or start taking their trash to a new Advanced Disposal transfer station on Columbia Road in Appling or to the Richmond County landfill.

Cheryl Garcia, a supervisor for Columbia County's 311 information phone line, said she occasionally gets calls from people still wondering where they should take their trash; however, she hasn't received any complaints from the public about illegal dumping.

Monique Woods, a contract administrator for Augusta Disposal and Recycling Inc., in Evans, said her company hasn't signed up more people for service as a result of the landfill's closing.

"The people that didn't have service, they're able to take it out to Advanced's transfer station,'' she said. Many garbage haulers don't pick up in some of the rural areas of Columbia County, she said.

A message left for Advanced Disposal General Manager Mark Odekirk wasn't immediately returned Monday.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

THE IMPACT

Since the July 1 closing of the Baker Place Road Landfill in Columbia County, Richmond County's Deans Bridge Road landfill has been receiving 125 tons more trash daily. Although the added garbage will reduce the Richmond County landfill's life expectancy by 19 years, it will still remain open until 2101.