Sale of landfill generates revenue for Petersburg

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A progress report on a multi-million dollar makeover at a dumpsite in Petersburg. The city sold it's landfill to a private company just over a year ago. The goal, in part, is to extend the life of the waste site by giving it a major facelift.

One of the first changes you see at the site is a weigh station. Each time a vehicle passes through the weigh station it generates revenue for the new owner of the landfill and the city.

The 68 acre trash site is in the midst of a transformation.

"In our estimation we're 3-4 months ahead of time," said Jeff Kraus, VP of Containers First Company.

The dump site is now called the Tri-cities Regional Disposal and Recycling Center. Brush and trees have been cleared out, and the goal of building walls around the site is now starting to take shape.

"They are walls essentially built out of earth and they're going to be 40 feet high," said Kraus.

The end product will extend the life of the landfill by 20 years. In the year since Petersburg sold the landfill to a private company, Containers First Company, city leaders say the landfill has gone from costing the city money, to making the city money.

"The host fees are beyond what we thought they'd be -- already at $150,000," said Mayor Annie Mickens.

It's a figure the mayor says is expected to increase. As for residents, the sale of the site has not resulted in higher fees for curbside pick-up. It has led to a $30 per ton fee for residents who bring trash directly to the site.

Construction on the project is expected to wrap-up within the next three years. The company that purchased the landfill says it plans to move it's corporate office from Chester to Petersburg -- which will result in 35 jobs.

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.