Canisters at Richland County Landfill to Reopen Thursday
November 8, 2017 | View PDF
Canisters at the Richland County landfill have been closed temporarily due to the dumping of about 30 barrels of oil over two weekends. County Commissioners said the canisters will reopen on Thursday, November 9th but Commissioner Loren Young said,“If the abuse starts up again, we will consider closing them again.”
The county has seen an uptick in dumping at sites in Lambert and Savage as well as at the landfill. The canisters are designed to accommodate “under the sink” garbage and small branches, etc. not truckloads of trash. Lately, the sites have been the scene of large amounts of white goods or appliances, construction materials and other items which are not allowed.
Lights are being installed at all three locations with Savage and the landfill location to be ready within a few days. Weather permitting, Lambert will be next. New signage explaining the restrictions on use of the canisters is also being prepared and will be installed at each location. The county is also considering installing surveillance cameras depending on the legal ramifications. Illegal dumping costs the taxpayers money with extra personnel required to deal with cleanup and the commissioners would appreciate any information that would help stop it.
Appliances, tires without rims, trees and shrubs are all accepted at the landfill at no charge, with specific areas for each. Small amounts of oil, such as that from changing the oil in a car, are also allowed.
The landfill is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.