- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A $5 million expansion at the Black Hawk County Landfill should reduce closures due to high winds, a situation that has led to delays in garbage pickups.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently cleared the new 55-foot-deep, 17-acre pit called Cell W-2 for business, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1FHz4qV ) reported Sunday.

The old cell, which opened in 2007, is nearly full. Waste is dumped on top of a mound more than 30 feet above grade, and the landfill would sometimes have to close because newly dumped trash would blow off the top during windy days.

Administrator Brett Vette for the county Solid Waste Management Commission said officials think the new cell will last between eight and 10 years. The cell has a system that prevents the hole from filling up with water by pumping groundwater into a nearby ditch.

Cell W-2 will take in waste from Black Hawk, Bremer and Fayette counties. It also will serve five communities in Grundy County and two in Buchanan County.

The landfill can still expand by two more cells similar to the size of the W-2. Solid Waste Management Commission members have bought more land east of the site for long-term landfill operations.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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