Just as the county's landfill was set to reach capacity, the Macon County Solid Waste Department secured the necessary permits to begin constructing the new landfill project, which will extend the life of the facility by 40 years.
In October 2014, Macon County commissioners gave the solid waste department the go ahead to move forward with purchasing two parcels of land – totaling 22.9 acres -- for $1.5 million.
"We have received approvals and permits from all of the required regulatory agencies to permit construction of Phase III, Cell 1 of the new landfill," said Chris Stahl, director of solid waste. "This cell lies entirely within our already permitted landfill boundary. We are now in the process of pre-qualifying general contractors to bid on construction of the cell. We hope to select a firm and make a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners for their approval at the January meeting."