Talking Trash in Page County

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

Elaine Mayberry, Chairwoman of the Page County Supervisors, says, "We don't consider ourselves a mega-landfill nor are we ever going to be a mega-landfill."

Mega-landfill is a word that has been tossed around a lot in Page County this year. Since the introduction of a new landfill last December, some citizens have feared its sprawl.

Concerned citizen, John Rogerson, says, "Now they want to go fifteen feet higher and down five more feet."

Some fear that could contaminate underground streams and drinking water. The environmental concerns and distrust of the way the Board of Supervisors was managing the situation brought about a petition to state legislators last week.

"It was presented to Richmond in hopes of stopping the landfill from spreading and keeping it from making more of an impact on this county," says Rogerson.

But Supervisor Mayberry says she thinks certain trigger words were used to scare people into signing the petition. Words like "mega-landfill" which takes in 3,000 to 10,000 tons of trash a day. The Battlecreek Landfill presently allows 1,200 tons a day. That's capped for a reason.

"We're waiting on DEQ to give them a clean bill of health before we would even consider giving them more than 1,200 tons a day," says Mayberry.

Currently, the board is working to change a permit which would allow the maximum of 1,500 tons of trash to enter Page per day. It's all part of a contract the board says was in the best interest of the county. But some citizens say it's a stinky situation.

"Everybody said, I don't want the landfill expanded. Period," says Rogerson.

The County won't consider expansion until the landfill addresses some DEQ violations.

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