Building of trash facility to begin Waste will be shipped to Va. for disposal

June 10, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

A Texas-based company will soon begin building on 17 acres in Jessup a solid-waste transfer facility that will send 3,000 tons of solid waste a day from Anne Arundel County and surrounding areas to landfills and incinerators in other states.

The company, Sanifill Inc., also is the likely low bidder on a contract with the county, worth up to $3.3 million, to transport several hundred tons of trash daily from the county's Millersville landfill to out-of-state sites, a county spokesman confirmed.

If approved, the arrangement would become part of County Executive John G. Gary's plan to extend the life of the landfill and save the county $50 million, according to county records. The contract will come up for County Council approval in July.

"The whole strategy is to extend the life of Millersville out to 2063 or beyond," said John A. Morris, spokesman for the land use and environment office. The landfill originally was expected to last through 2007.

With the anticipated use of the Jessup transfer station and a decrease in the amount of trash brought to Millersville in recent years, the county is no longer seeking a location for a new 500-acre landfill, county documents show.

Under the proposed contract, Sanifill would haul away about 300 of the 800 tons of trash brought to Millersville daily.

The transfer station would accept waste from communities within a radius of about 20 miles of Jessup, a Sanifill official said.

"We hope to have it built and operating by the end of the year," said Chris Brewster, Sanifill's vice president for finance.

Sanifill has agreed to pay the county an annual fee of $1.10 per ton of waste the station receives. The agreement was signed in November 1995 by Garnet Inc., which Sanifill acquired in February.

Under that agreement, Sanifill would pay the county at least $375,000 in its first 12 months of operation and at least $500,000 a year each year after that.

From the transfer station, the waste would be transported by train, mainly to a 290-acre landfill under construction near Fredericksburg, Va. No trash would be stored at the Jessup facility overnight, Brewster said.

"It essentially serves like a remote landfill gate," Brewster said. "Once [trucks] have tipped their load at the transfer station, they're finished except they've only had to drive 10 miles instead of 70 miles."

The transfer station will be in the 8000 block of Brock Bridge Road, next to the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, on land leased from Martin Marietta Materials Inc. The county recently issued a grading permit, in the name of Martin Marietta, allowing Sanifill to begin nearly $1 million in grading in preparation for construction of the transfer station.

With its purchase of Garnet in February and its recent purchase of a rubble landfill in southern Anne Arundel County from PST Reclamation Inc., Sanifill has begun a "pretty significant" move into the Baltimore-Washington region, Brewster said.

Sanifill, headquartered in Houston, operates transfer stations and landfills for nonhazardous waste in 23 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada.

Pub Date: 6/10/96

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