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Moore County is preparing for what will be the last expansion of its construction and demolition debris landfill off N.C. 5 near Aberdeen.

The process will take about two years to complete, according to an update presented to the Board of Commissioners during a daylong work session last week.

“There are a lot of moving parts,” Public Works Director Randy Gould told commissioners. “A lot has to take place.”

The county will have to send notices to all surrounding property owners, Gould said. Commissioners have to conduct a state-mandated public information session and then vote to approve moving forward with the project. That vote is scheduled for Nov. 19.

Once that happens, the county has to apply for a construction permit, though the state Department of Environmental Quality, which is expected to be issued early next March. Then the county can seek construction bids and final state approval.

If all goes according to plan, that will happen in June 2021.

“There are a lot of rules,” said Mark Taylor, with Golder, an engineering firm that is helping the county on the process.

Taylor said about six acres remain of the 22 acres used for disposing of materials. Expansion could extend the life of the landfill by another 10 years. But he cautioned that it all depends on the amount of material that comes in each year, which is typically about 30,000 tons.

He said because this particular area was not part of the existing landfill “footprint,” the county will have to seek state approval for an amended permit. He said this is considered a “substantial” amendment since it will be increasing the volume of the landfill by 10 percent.

Taylor also pointed out that there could be delays in receiving final state approval depending on what happens with permitting for coal-ash landfills elsewhere in the state. Those are all handled by the state agency.

“The landfill staff is concerned about the length of time this will take,” he said. “This is an urgent matter in terms of moving forward.”

Gould said once this last section fills up, the county will have to find somewhere else to dispose of its construction and demolition debris, which could mean finding more land elsewhere or shipping it outside of Moore County.

The C&D landfill is just one aspect of the county’s solid waste operations.

Last year, more than 15,600 tons of trash were collected at the county’s seven compactor sites, and brought in by the 11 municipalities. That trash was then taken to the Uwharrie Environmental Landfill near Troy, according to information presented by Andy Wilkson, interim solid waste and recycling division manager.

Wilkison said the county collected 14,000 tons of yard debris, which another contractor hauls off site. He said the county also collected another 1,600 tons of recyclables.

Contact David Sinclair at (910) 693-2462 or dsinclair@thepilot.com

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