Free landfill dumping set April 27

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

PARAGOULD The Northeast Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Management District landfill in Paragould will allow free dumping at the facility from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

The dumping is allowed only to residents in the district's four-county area of Clay, Greene, Lawrence and Randolph. Only cars, pickup trucks, vans and trailers will be allowed.

The free one-day only service is part of the landfill's efforts to promote recycling and beautification and is part of its observance of Clean Earth Day on April 22.

"I try to make Arkansas as beautiful as I can," district executive director James Abbey said. "I live here, and I love Arkansas."

He said recycling helps reduce the loads that are dumped into the landfill itself and extends the life of the facility.

"The more people recycle, the longer the landfill will last," he said.

Abbey said the district owns 180 acres of landfill space with 110 currently in use. Ten acres are planned for construction of a Class 4 site that will allow for disposal of certain construction and associated wastes. Sixty acres are reserved for future Class 1 use.

The landfill district was established in 1993 and is governed by a board of directors comprised of county judges and mayors of the counties' larger towns. The district purchased the landfill in 1994 from Paragould and Greene County, which had operated and maintained it until that time.

Abbey said the landfill acverages 300 tons or 1,200 cubic yards of wastes per day. From 1991 to 2001, the annual total tons of solid waste disposed of has increased from 40,192 in 1991 to 72,032 in 2001. The largest amount during the 10-year period was 80,079 in 2000.

Abbey said a six-acre section that was recently constructed under Environmental Protection Agency regulations for $350,000. He estimates it will last for 15 to 20 months.

"We're looking at it lasting longer because we've changed our method of operation," he said.

Abbey said some of the landfill maintenance methods have been changed. Previously, a six-inch layer of soil was used as a covering at the end of each business day.

If only soil were used, he said the six-acre section would last around 15 months but may last as long as 20 months by using the plastic covering.

Now, a thin layer of plastic is placed over the waste with a soil covering used on Fridays.

Abbey said the cost to construct new landfill cells is averages $70,000 per acre.

Abbey said the Northeast Arkansas District has an agreement with the Mississippi County and Eastern Arkansas districts for tire disposal in a nearby "monofill."

Since the Northeast district is ranked as Class 1, he said it cannot accept disposal of hazardous materials or biomedical wastes. He said it can accept household wastes, lumber, shingles and other construction debris.

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