TRAIL RIDGE LANDFILL NEAR THE START OF CONSTRUCTION
TRAIL RIDGE LANDFILL NEAR THE START OF CONSTRUCTION JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The long-awaited
and long-term solution to Jacksonville's mounting garbage crisis could start to be realized in about one month's time.
Plans for the new Trail Ridge Landfill received a green light from Florida's Department of Environmental Regulation on Nov. 1, when Secretary Carol Browner signed her department's final order approving issuance of the necessary permits. Waste Management of North America, Inc. will construct and operate the landfill on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. The company will build the Trail Ridge Landfill on approximately 1,000 acres in the southwest quadrant of Duval County. Most of the site will be a buffer zone of protected wetlands and natural vegetation. The disposal facility itself will comprise 150 acres. The sanitary landfill is expected to save the city more than $225 million over its 20-year life. "Trail Ridge will mean lower operational costs over the long term," says Allan Williams, P.E., Jacksonville's public utilities director. "On a more immediate basis, it also eliminates the need for an $18 to $20 million expenditure to expand the city's existing North landfill." Expansion of the existing facility would have netted only about two more years of useful life for the North site, Williams says. Warren Smith, Waste Management's project manager for the Trail Ridge Landfill, calls the new facility the "cornerstone" of Jacksonville's long-range plan for managing some of the 800,000-plus tons of waste that Duval County generates annually. "Trail Ridge will avert a pending garbage crisis' in Jacksonville and offer a long-term solution in its stead," Smith says. Waste Management, which adheres to a strict, self-imposed environmental policy, will install safety systems in the Trail Ridge Landfill that exceed DER requirements. A double composite liner at the base of the landfill will provide multiple protective barriers between the ground and waste materials. The company will also install an extensive groundwater monitoring system around the landfill. As part of its "no net loss" policy, Waste Management will restore the nominal 4.4 acres of affected wetlands at the site with 4.76 acres of new wetlands. Waste Management currently operates 126 landfills nationwide, including seven in Florida. Company sites captured 10 of 17 awards given last year by an independent association of waste professionals from the government sector. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Waste Management is considered a pioneer in safe landfill technology. Statewide headquarters for Waste Management are in Fort Lauderdale. International headquarters for Waste Management Inc. are in Oak Brook, Ill. -0- 11/7/91 /CONTACT: Lynda Long of Waste Management of North America, Inc., 305-771-9850/ CO: Waste Management of North America, Inc. ST: Florida IN: SU: MR-AW -- FL014 -- 2321 11/07/91 14:53 EST
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