The Kewaunee County landfill “tentatively, not officially” will probably close on or about June 1, 2018, County Administrator Scott Feldt told the County Board of Supervisors this week.
In response to a question from Supervisor Douglas Doell, Feldt said officials are working on a timeline for the closure, which would be followed by capping and seeding the landfill.
“The tough part whenever you’re talking about a landfill is you’re never sure on a day to day basis how many tons are going to be coming in,” Feldt said. “I believe very shortly you will have a definitive timeline for not only the towns but for any hauler that comes in as to what will be the estimated closing date of the landfill, that we will no longer be taking any loads.”
The landfill had an estimated three years of capacity remaining when the board voted in March 2015 not to pursue further expansion, so a mid-2018 closure is about in line with that estimate. The cost of maintaining and operating the facility exceeds the revenues received through tipping fees and other charges.
The county Highway and Solid Waste Committee was scheduled to discuss the landfill closing date when it meets at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
“Once a specific date of the closing is known, that’s when the clock starts ticking,” said Supervisor Larry Kirchman, chairman of the Highway/Solid Waste Committee. “Our engineering firm needs to do certain things in a timely manner, and also the DNR rules and regulations that we’re required to follow, there’s things associated with that.”
Kirchman suggested that a representative from the engineering firm update the full County Board at its June meeting.
Feldt said development of the timeline is being done as carefully as possible.
“The last thing you want us to do is say, ‘Well, it’s going to be June 1,’ and then, ‘Well, no, it’s going to be Feb. 1,’” he said. “So we want to try to be very deliberative about this process before we start putting too much out there.”