Mountain of Dirt equals Mountain of Cash
The Baseline Landfill in Marion County is running out of room. But as crews were recently digging, they found dirt- and plenty of it.
Not only will the new found soil extend the life of the landfill by a year, but it will also save the County millions of dollars.
The slope of the landfill was being made steeper to make more room. When the trucks got to work, the usual amount of dirt covering the previous layer of garbage was two, to three feet thicker than what was legally required.
The soil is already being used to cover garbage coming in daily, saving the County about $1 million dollars. The extra airspace created by the extra dirt is valued at an overall savings of more than $5 million dollars.
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