Running out of landfill room, Selma considers next move

Running out of landfill room, Selma considers next move
The two new landfill cells will cost about $160,000
City leaders say the new cells are necessary (Source: WSFA 12 News)
City leaders say the new cells are necessary (Source: WSFA 12 News)

SELMA, AL (WSFA) - They're talking 'trash' in Selma and it's all legitimate. The head of landfill operations told city leaders recently not one but two new landfill cells will be needed fairly soon.

"It's time to activate our resources," said Larry Friday, Director of the Construction & Debris Landfill in Selma.

Friday will help oversee the construction of two landfill cells off Water Avenue. Both will be built behind the old one.

Friday says the city doesn't have a choice. They're running out of room.

"We can eyeball it. We can look at it and tell we're close to capacity," he warned.

For the 20,000 or so who live in Selma, the mayor and Friday say this is not an emergency situation but it is something they say needs to be built rather quickly. After all, the equivalent of 30 dump trucks are arriving each month at the landfill.

"It's something we have to have if we're going to operate trash services in the city, so it's a must-need, it's not an option. It's something we have to have," stated Mayor Darrio Melton.

Combined, both cells will cost around $160,000. Each one will have a three-year lifespan, assuming Selma doesn't have any catastrophic weather such as a tornado or a hurricane during that time. Friday is urging city leaders to begin building soon, anywhere from six to nine months from now.

Friday says building a landfill cell is far more complex than just digging a hole. An engineer will be on hand to supervisor the digs.

It's not clear whether landfill fees will increase once the new cells are built. That'll be up to the city council. What is clear is the current dump is filling up by the day. ?

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