Construction of new waste cell at regional waste facility to begin soon

NEW AUGUSTA, MS (WDAM) - The construction of a new waste depository at the Pine Belt Regional Solid Waste Management Authority's landfill site near Runnelstown will begin soon.

Wednesday morning, the Authority's Board of Commissioners agreed to hire Walters Construction Company, Inc. of Laurel to build the 12-acre cell #4 at a cost of just over $2.2 million.

The new cell can be used for up to about 8 years and will complete Phase I of the landfill. The site began accepting municipal waste in 1997.

"We still have plenty of air space on top of cells one, two and three," said Tony Harrison, executive director of the Pine Belt Regional Solid Waste Management Authority. "We'll have air space left on top of those cells even when we get cell four constructed. We're just laying the groundwork with the construction of cell four, so that when we do need it, we'll have the air space available," Harrison said.

He said construction of the new cell should be complete in about 4 months.

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