Auburn City Council explores options for closing municipal landfill

With the city’s municipal landfill set to be completely closed by 2021, city staff members have been exploring options for the landfill’s future.

Superintendent of Public Works Mike Talbot presented members of the Auburn City Council with 11 options during Thursday’s council meeting. Four of the options involve expanding the landfill while the other seven explore closing it for good.

Expanding the landfill, Talbot said, would be cost prohibitive and subject the city to more stringent state Department of Environmental Conservation regulations. Ultimately, Talbot recommended what he feels are the best three options, all of which involve abandoning the concept of a city-owned landfill.

“I think the business of landfilling has probably outgrown our city,” he said.

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