Sudley Landfill closes to some business haulers ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

June 25, 1993|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

An unexplained surge in the amount of trash flowing into the Sudley Landfill this spring has led the county to close the South County facility to commercial trash haulers.

As of this morning, those commercial haulers must travel an additional 35 miles north to the larger Millersville Landfill, said Jody Vollmar, spokeswoman for the county Department of Utilities.

The county already had planned to close Sudley on Oct. 8 to eliminate operating costs and prevent further contamination of the ground water, she said. The site was then to be converted to a "convenience center" where residents could drop off trash in bins that the county later would haul to Millersville.

But a June 10 engineering report showed more trash than expected entering the landfill, eating away at its capacity, Ms. Vollmar said. "There was a massive increase in volume and, at this point, we really don't know why," she said.

Utilities officials notified 90 commercial haulers and small businesses that use Sudley that they would have to use Millersville instead. Residents are unaffected.

After members of the Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce objected to the sudden notice, the county decided Wednesday to allow small businesses to continue using Sudley until July 31.

"We acted so quickly in getting the [notices] out that we didn't analyze enough the impact it would have on the small-business community," Ms. Vollmar said.

Claire Mallicote, a South County shop owner, said building contractors, landscapers and small shop owners would dump refuse on the roadside rather than spend an hour more going to and from Millersville.

County officials will continue to meet with the chamber to decide what should be done after July 31, Ms. Vollmar said.

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