Landfill decision shifts more trash to Millersville Commercial hauls barred at Sudley WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

July 13, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

The county's surprise decision to close the Sudley Landfill to commercial haulers nearly four months early means more trash is being dumped in the Millersville Landfill, already a source of contention among residents.

Sudley's trash -- 9,000 tons a year -- is in addition to 14,000 tons of trash a year that the county began accepting from Annapolis on July 1 when the city's landfill closed.

"It was a surprise to us that they closed Sudley," said Norman G. Myers, president of the Greater Odenton Improvement Association, who said he has not yet received any complaints about the additional truck traffic on Burns Crossing Road. "But I feel sorry for the people who bought houses in that area," he said.

But Lisa Ritter, customer relations manager for the county Department of Utilities, said the amount of new trash being dumped at Millersville is minute. The 750 tons of trash from Sudley each month represents only 2.7 percent of what is dumped at Millersville every 30 days, she said.

Ms. Ritter said 20 new truck trips or fewer will be made to Millersville each week. "Any time you put more trucks in an area, it has the potential to cause a problem. We are very cognizant of that," she said.

The Sudley Landfill, located in South County, closed to commercial haulers June 25 due to an unexplained surge in the amount of trash being dumped there, county officials said.

The county already had planned to close Sudley on Oct. 8 to eliminate operating costs and prevent further contamination of the ground water, Ms. Ritter said. Those plans remain in effect; residents and private businesses will be allowed to use the South County landfill until October.

The site is to be converted then to a "convenience center" where residents could drop off trash in bins that the county later would haul to Millersville.

Ms. Ritter said the addition of trash from Sudley will not shorten the life of the 567-acre Millersville landfill because the formula that shows it can last until the year 2008 already includes figures from the South County facility.

A committee of residents chosen to help advise the county on landfill issues has criticized the county and complained that Millersville was supposed to close no later than 1996 and be turned into a park.

But improvements in technology have allowed the landfill to remain open for several additional years.

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