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November 20, 2012

Garrett County landfill expansion adds another five acres to site

Cell 4 work complete, construction could begin in spring on fifth cell

OAKLAND — The construction of cell 4 at the Garrett County Landfill has been completed, according to a news release from the county commissioners.

In late October, following inspection by the engineering firm Geosyntec and approval from the Maryland Department of the Environment, county staff began placing the fluff layer, the first soft refuse, on top of the five acres of new lined cell. The county’s Ten-Year Solid Waste Plan adopted in 2004 called for the development of cell 4.

Permit work and approvals are pending for cell 5 with plans to resume construction in the spring. Once completed, the two cells combined should provide 15 to 20 years of refuse capacity based on current trends.

The county was able to continue its lean approach to governing in the completion of this project, which equates to creating more value for customers with fewer resources. Geosyntec consultants designed the project, and the construction firm Charles J. Merlo used clay located onsite to meet the MDE requirements for subgrade permeability. This resulted in nearly a $300,000 savings over the use of a special membrane containing bentonite clay.

The county also benefited from the crushing of on-site piles of large rocks for use in the drainage layer. Spoils from the crushing operations will be used on roads and as cover within the landfill.

County officials recognized that by amending the 10-year plan to include cell 5, additional savings would be realized. Officials had already moved to enhance the staff at the landfill with inmate labor provided by the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office. The inmate labor helps to keep litter under control at the cell and speeds service to the users at a very minimal cost.

For more information, contact the Garrett County Landfill at 301-387-0322.


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