Fulton Landfill Close Affects Residents

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FULTON - More Fulton trash trucks will venture into Jefferson City now that Fulton's landfill is closed.

Employees and city residents feel the affects of the closings.

Fulton Assistant Director of Administration Matt Harline said the landfill had to close after reaching its limit of waste.

"We are approaching the limits set for us by the Department of Natural Resources," Harline said. "So, we decided to close the landfill on May 1 and accept no more trash at that point."

The fulton landfill received about 33 tons of trash a day. Solid Waste Manager JC Miller said it's hard to keep a landfill open with that amount of trash. Landfill officials said, if they continued at this pace, even packing the trash in tightly, they'd probably run out of room by September.

"We can actually haul it to Jeff City for about the same cost as burying it here," Harline said.

Fulton residents won't have to pay a dime to send their trash down the highway. It's all included in their user fees.Harline said unless the price of fuel goes up really high, they're not going to change rates in the foreseeable future."

"As far as the city residents go, they're not even going to see a change in the time of their trash service," Miller said.

It's a different story for Callaway County residents. Callaway County Commissioner Doc Kritzer said he might be setting up a dumpster out on their county shed for the county residents who want to dispose of their own trash.

"The best thing we can do is encourage everyone to get with a commercial hauler," Kritzer said. "If they want to, to haul it themselves, they have to either haul it to Columbia or Jefferson City landfills. But, there's not going to be a lot of options out there for individuals if they want to haul their own trash."

The question on the minds of city residents is what about the jobs. The landfill has 15 employees in all.

"We were a little worried when they announced they were gonna close this down because we have a lot of employees out here," Wendy Powers, a landfill employee, said. "Years ago when all of this started, I assured that everyone's would have a job through the city council."

Most employees will move to the warehouse, but Miller and Powers will stick around until the landfill is closed which could take a year or two.

"It is going to be a little strange, Powers said. "I love the people who come out here. So, not having that daily one on one is going to be a little strange.

It will be a little strange especially since the 33 acres of the landfill have been around since 1978.High estimates of closing the landfill are around 1.8 million. The city doesn't have the full amount in the bank, but officials say it plans to borrow from the electric utility and then pay it back.