Waste Management is applying for a permit to reduce its footprint at a landfill on Monroe Drive in Gainesville and will hold a hearing at 5:30 p.m. March 20 to receive public feedback.
The public hearing is a requirement of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division and a first step to receiving the necessary permit to consolidate operations at the landfill by 12.5 acres from its current space of about 50 acres.
“Disposing the waste on one rather than two footprints reduces the environmental risk,” John Workman, a senior engineer with Waste Management, told The Times in an email. “Consolidating the waste onto one footprint also eliminates construction costs.”
If the permit is approved, no demolition or additional construction is required.
“Proposed grade changes are on the sides of the landfill and there will be no change to the peak elevation,” Workman said. “There will be no increase to the landfill capacity associated with this permit request.”
The life of the landfill will not change, as it will be closed in three years. It will then be monitored for another 30 years.
What: Citizen comment will be accepted on a permit application to reduce footprint of landfill on Monroe Drive in Gainesville
When: 5:30 p.m. March 20
Where: Municipal courtroom of the Gainesville Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville