Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Landfill busy with housekeeping items
Members of the King George Board of Supervisors praised District Manager Tom Cue for keeping the public informed about King George Landfill activities. Along those lines, Cue recently updated the board:
Twice in recent months, people have dumped deer carcasses at the county’s convenience center off State Route 205. When the trash was compacted, blood oozed from the container, and police had to be called to make sure the fluid was from animals, not humans.
Cue is asking residents to dispose of animal carcasses in the trash containers at the main landfill, not the Route 205 center. There, workers will see the remains and not be alarmed when they see blood. He’s also asking people to let workers know when they’re disposing of dogs or cats found dead by the side of the road. Pet owners occasionally come to the landfill looking for lost animals, and the workers would like to keep a record.
In March, Cue will launch a “pick-for-pay” program in which community and school groups will pick up trash from roads around the landfill in exchange for a $500 donation. Cue proposed the idea last summer, saying Waste Management gets 20 or 30 requests a month for donations.
Supervisors, such as John LoBuglio, agreed that those who can pick up litter should do so in exchange for the money.
“I think it’s a great way of showing the young people it’s better to put in some work and not just be asking for a donation,” LoBuglio said.
Cue will provide vests, helmets, pickers and bags. Groups will need their own insurance and
adult supervisors for youth. Several groups have made plans to pick up trash on back roads around the landfill. Cue will not let groups patrol busy State Route 3.
WASTEWATER, A WASTE OF MONEY
Starting this year, the landfill is processing some of the leachate—a watery byproduct of trash decomposition—at the facility instead of paying to haul it away. Waste Management installed a concentrator plant that uses heat from the landfill’s gas-to-energy plant to burn off the waste and evaporate the water. The end result: White steam billows toward the sky and brown mud the consistency of soft-serve ice cream drops to the bottom of a cone-shaped device, then goes back into the landfill.
“It doesn’t even stink,” said Stu Manuel, the manager. “It doesn’t have a smell of anything.”
The landfill is processing more than one-third of the leachate it drains off the landfill every day—and hopes to eventually process all of it on-site. The state has strict standards for leachate and having it hauled off is expensive. Waste Management pays 8 cents a gallon to haul it to Richmond and have it treated at a plant. Each month, more than 1.5 million gallons are hauled, which costs about $120,000.