Closing Auburn’s landfill will cost approximately $5.8M as it approaches ‘end of life’

The final cost of closing the landfill in Auburn will approach $5.8 million.

That’s what Auburn City Council learned on Thursday at a session where the topic was presented. Bonds would be issued to finance the closure.

A transfer station opened in 2020, allowing waste brought to the Auburn landfill to be transferred to other facilities. The closure was born out of necessity, according to city officials, who said several years ago that the life-expectancy of the landfill was declining fast.

The landfill has to be fully-closed by December 8, 2021.

A number of actions will be necessary, including final cover, vertical gas extraction wells, gas piping systems, and updates to the leachate infrastructure.

Bids on that work came in at approximately $5.8 million.

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