Rutherford County Landfill To Close As More Trash Comes In

Posted at 6:00 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-01 12:15:22-05

The Rutherford County Solid Waste Department has planned to close one of its landfills in the near future after an unexpected increase in trash.

The Rutherford County Landfill only accepts construction and demolition debris compared to its neighbor, Middle Point Landfill, which takes in garbage from residential properties in 19 counties, including Davidson County.

Solid Waste Director Mac Nolen told NewsChannel 5 that the landfill might close as early as late February.

"Last year, we thought we had three years left. When we started surveying and checking, we realized we're not close to the three years we thought, but we had one and now we're almost full," said Nolen.

The closing would give the department time to further survey and determine if there's any room left. Nolen believed the closing would only be temporary. 

"Traditionally we get about 3,000 tons a month, but last month we had almost 4,500 tons," added Nolen.

The closing meant more trash will be added to Middle Point Landfill, which also would reach capacity in several years.

"It's nearing capacity as well, and depending on who you ask, it's anywhere from five to ten years," said Nolen.

A panel of city and county officials have been expected to meet next month to figure out how to ease the looming closure.

Officials said they're looking into several options, including expanding the current landfill to allow for more trash to be collected, building a waste to energy facility, or sending the trash outside of the county.

Signage will be available to help direct residents and businesses once Rutherford County Landfill has closed