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City to limit landfill waste

July 19, 2013

Beginning Aug. 1, commercial entities which have previously dumped their oilfield, construction or demolition waste at the municipal landfill will be turned away, according to officials with the city of Big Spring.

Public Works Director Johnny Womack made the announcement this week, part of an effort by the city administration to limit the amount of waste being brought into the facility, which is quickly reaching the end of its lifespan.

“We're in a situation where we have to slow down the amount of waste coming into the landfill, otherwise it will fill up before we can get another cell open,” Womack said. “We're attempting to target the commercial entities which are using the facility, such as the oilfield companies and construction companies, which have made up a large portion of the waste coming into the landfill.”

According to Womack, the facility will stop accepting waste from oilfield sites, construction sites and demolition debris Aug. 1.

“This shouldn't impact the average Big Spring resident,” Womack said. “A resident who is maybe renovating a part of their home won't be turned away. What we're trying to target with this is the companies — most of which are located outside of the Howard County and the city of Big Spring — who are bringing their waste to us.”

Womack said a quick look at fees at landfills in neighboring cities and counties explains why many companies are shipping their waste and debris from as far away as Midland-Odessa and parts of Martin County.

“It's no secret in West Texas, Big Spring is the cheapest landfill out here,” Womack said. “So, it's no wonder those companies want to bring their debris and waste here. However, we've reached a point where that extra material is causing the landfill to fill up much more quickly than we had anticipated."

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