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State gives Orange go-ahead on new landfill


Orange County has received approval to operate the first cell of its recently completed landfill.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a certificate to operate cell 1 of the new facility, county officials said Wednesday. The county was under a state mandate to close its existing unlined facility, which was built in 1973, by Dec. 31.

“Receiving certification has been quite a feat,” said Director of Public Works Kurt Hildebrand said.

After a 4-year effort, cell 1 has been deemed complete, after being constructed using the newest technology and innovations, officials said. It is one of eight cells in the new 43.6-acre landfill, which has been estimated to be capable of serving Orange County’s trash disposal needs for some 38 years.

Board of Supervisors Chairman S. Teel Goodwin noted, “We are very proud of the construction and work to date on the Orange County Landfill. We are exceptionally pleased that the work was completed in a timely manner and that the certificate to operate was received 18 days ahead of schedule. We hope that cell 1 will serve residents well for years to come.”

The new landfill is expected to begin operating Jan. 3.