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Work could extend Hall landfill's life
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Landfill at a glance

Here’s a description of the Hall County landfill:

Where: 1700 Oakbrook Drive, off Ga. 60/Candler Road

Size: 255 acres, with 94 used for trash

Activity: Some 170 tons per day is processed.

Operating budget: About $2 million a year

History: Operating since July 1997

Contact: 770-531-6851

A plan to fill in space at the Hall County landfill could extend the facility’s lifespan, but time is of the essence to do the work.

Officials are hoping to finish “redeveloping” an older section, where earth has settled, by April, or by the time another area where the county is operating fills up.

But first they need approval from the Hall County Board of Commissioners, which is set to hear the redevelopment proposal this week, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

“It’s a tight schedule,” County Engineer Kevin McInturff said.

“Hopefully, all this time frame comes together, we get the permits and can go with it,” said Johnnie Vickers, solid waste director.

“We don’t see any major complications. I’m sure there’ll be some small stuff, but hopefully we’ll be ready to go (with redevelopment) after the first of the year.”

The landfill at 1700 Oakbrook Drive, off Ga. 60/Candler Road, has been operating since July 1997. It was originally slated to meet its lifespan in 2035 based on initial calculations showing a 3 percent increase in tons every year, McInturff said.

“In 2008, we dropped off a good bit,” he said, adding the economic downturn slowed activity. “We’re now starting to creep back up.”

The landfill receives an average of about 170 tons a day from residents, waste haulers and the county’s own compactor sites.

Two separate dumping sites, or phases, were planned on 94 acres within the 255-acre landfill, with each phase to contain cells, or individually lined areas. The first phase, where the redevelopment will take place, had reached capacity with the county now in the first cell of the second phase.

And the cells are built one at a time, timed to open as the existing one is filled up.

Typical design and construction costs on a cell are about $300,000 per acre.

The proposed redevelopment work calls for “changing some of the slopes and design parameters,” McInturff said. “Hopefully, we’ll get another couple of years out of it.”

But it won’t be long before officials have to consider building a new cell in phase two.

Halfway through the first phase work, officials will seek proposals for the new project.

“It will take about a year to build that cell,” Vickers said.