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Newton Co. seeks to expand landfill

COVINGTON - Newton County is readying to file an application with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a landfill expansion.

A solid waste management plan approved several weeks ago by the Board of Commissioners calls for expanding the existing site rather than starting a new landfill. But before that can happen, the EPD requires the county to get public input, said Jenny Carter with the County Attorney's Office.

A public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 20, at the Newton County Historic Courthouse at 1124 Clark St. A second public meeting will take place once the first is over, Carter said.

The expansion, estimated at $3 million, would entail opening several cells to increase capacity to meet waste disposal requirements for the next 30 years, Carter said.

"It extends the life of the landfill and does it while staying within the current boundaries and within current buffers," she said.

In addition, waste dumped in unlined cells will be transferred to lined cells. The waste was dumped prior to EPD's requirement for lined cells, and is contained in a closed portion of the landfill, she said.

"The plan is to take the old waste in unlined cells and put everything in lined cells because it's more protective of the environment," she said.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.