A few facts and news articles around County Waste’s Proposed Mega Landfill…
1200 acres devoted to landfill operations- 4x as big as Colonial Williamsburg, 3x as big as King’s Dominion, almost twice as large as New York City’s Central Park.
Vertical height of 250-300 feet proposed, with potential for increase to at least 450-500 feet as is now occurring in other parts of the country. (Statue of Liberty = 300 ft.; Washington Monument = 500 ft.)
Cumberland County residents generate approximately 45,000 pounds of trash each day.
7 million to 10 million pounds of garbage will be brought into Cumberland County every single day! Over 200 times the amount of daily trash generated by all Cumberland County residents in a single day. As much as THREE BILLION POUNDS a year! DAILY DISPOSAL LIMIT……”May be INCREASED by approval of Cumberland County Board of Supervisors.” Per Draft Host Agreement. (10 million pounds = weight of 2,500 cars).
“Acceptable Waste (municipal solid waste, construction waste and debris, demolition waste, and disaster waste). ” Will accept only these wastes authorized……AS THEY MAY FROM TIME to TIME BE AMMENDED. Per Draft Host Agreement. Get ready for hazardous and medical waste.
County Waste’s service area for the landfill is a radius of 500 air-miles.
Allowing County Waste to bring to Cumberland County the trash from 21 STATES.
Allowing County Waste to ship trash from Toronto Canada (434 air miles), Boston Mass. (474 air miles), Atlanta Georgia (470 air miles), Indianapolis Indiana ( 496 air miles), and Detroit Michigan (445 air miles). Service area includes a population of 120 MILLION people.
Estimates of 250 Tractor Trailers weighing 40 tons each (80,000 pounds) fully loaded. 500 trips to and from Cumberland County. (35 trucks per hour between 6 pm and 12 am). 2 trucks every minute according to County Waste Plan to deliver 85% of garbage along RTE 60 between hours of 6pm and 12am. 80,000 pound missiles sharing the road with school busses, teen drivers, and passenger vehicles.
Richmond Times Dispatch, Michael Paul Williams Column 8/30/2018: Mega-landfill in Cumberland was approved without Transparency. Now it’s a threat to black history. Richmond.com. Mwilliams@timesdispatch.com◦
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