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VA City May Have to Start Paying to Dispose of Trash

The days of disposing of trash for free may be ending for Suffolk.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the city may be forced to begin paying to use the area's regional landfill by 2019. Currently, the city pays nothing because it hosts the dump.

City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn says Suffolk urgently needs to consider options because the days of free dumping are ending. Buying the landfill is one idea. Another is pulling out of the Southeastern Public Service Authority and forming a new regional partnership.

Public Works Director Eric Nielsen says paying to use the dump would increase Suffolk's costs more than $6.5 million a year. Buying the landfill would cost tens of millions of dollars.

Cuffee-Glenn says the city must decide soon. She is expected to submit her plan Wednesday.

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